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Xeriscaping: 4 Things to Know for Water-Conscious Yard Desig

Xeriscaping: 4 Things to Know for Water-Conscious Yard Desig

Food for thought to those who live in drought areas you may want to rethink planting summer flowers…

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May 1, 2015
In many parts of the U.S.—especially in the West and Southwest— severe drought has put an emphasis on water conservation. Xeriscape (pronounced “zeri-scape”) is a water-efficient landscaping method growing in popularity as homeowners look to limit daily water usage with alternative landscaping materials and techniques. With xeriscaping, yards can become environmentally friendly and still be impeccably well designed with native plants and landscapes that require little to no water.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for planning the perfectly xeriscaped yard.

1. Pick the Right Plants

Drought-Tolerant PlantsIt may seem obvious, but it’s crucial to choose plants that don’t require a lot of water. Succulents are a
great solution that don’t need a lot of water and are easy to grow. Aeonium, a succulent shrub, is a good option for rocky areas. If you’re looking for something other than succulents, African Daisies…

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  1. Out here a lot of people get Xeriscaping confused with Zeroscaping, and remove all the plants from their yards and replace them with rocks and gravel.

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