Xeriscape:a landscaping and gardening method that utilizes water-conserving techniques such as the use of native and drought-tolerant plants, mulch, rainwater harvesting, and efficient irrigation.
You can apply xeriscape gardening principles whether you can receive 8 inches of rain in a day or 8 inches in a year. Conserving water is everyone’s business, and as Master Gardeners we should be setting good examples of natural resource conservation. The water we save today may be the water we need tomorrow.
The 7 Principles of Xeriscape
1. Plan and design-create a plan that will help you get the most out of your property
2. Amend soil, if appropriate. Not all plants thrive in amended soil.
3. Efficient irrigation, use harvested rainwater if possible
4. Appropriate plant and zone selection-”Right plant, Right place”.
5. Mulch-reduces evaporation
6. Alternative turf-choose zone appropriate ground covers. Do you really need all that grass?
7. Maintenance-all landscapes need upkeep but a well designed xeriscape should be low maintenance.
Xeriscape How-to Resources
There are loads of online waterwise and xeric gardening resources, here’s a few to get you started.
There’s even an app!
Last but not least, if you need to find some inspiration. Here are six great examples of xeriscaped yards I found in my neighborhood.
Post and photos submitted by Sylvia Hacker,
Doña Ana Co. Master Gardeners (On Facebook)
Texas Master Naturalist
Las Cruces, New Mexico