Water conservation is on a lot of people’s minds these days. Droughts and a growing population put stress on existing water supplies. That leads to the water restrictions that have become all too familiar to Californians. What is the issue, though? Isn’t 70% of the world is covered in water? Yes, but only 0.007% of all that water is considered potable or safe to drink. The water from your faucet is potable water. Unfortunately, so is most of the water used in irrigation to keep a lawn green. In a desert climate, keeping lawns green means using a huge amount of potable water. To reduce their water consumption, many homeowners are looking for a landscaping alternative to big lawns. Xeriscaping is that alternative.
What is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping is a landscaping approach that aims to maximize water conservation while still giving you an appealing yard. This is done with a careful combination of plant selection, plant placement, mulching and cutting back on grass lawn areas.
The ideal situation is to create a yard that doesn’t ever need you to water it. At a practical level, that’s not always possible. Choices about new plants, types of mulch, and whether to retain any existing grass will all determine to your final water needs. The odds are good that you’ll need some level of irrigation, but at a drastically reduced level.
Since desert areas are already water-starved, it’s easy to imagine desert xeriscaping as a study in cacti and gravel. Cacti are