The world we live in is becoming more and more environmentally conscious, so it is important to think about eco-friendly trends for your landscaping and locations in general. Not only will these trends add to your curb appeal, but they might help your company keep a little extra green in the bank. One of these trends is Xeriscaping.
Xeriscaping (Not Zero scaping) can be described as water-wise landscaping by using drought-tolerant plants and grasses, selecting plants that require little water and conserving water through creative landscaping.
Xeros is Greek for “dry” and Scape as in landscape or “scene.”
7 XERISCAPING PRINCIPLES
- Plan & Design (Planting with thought) – Use trees for shade by windows, rooftops & gardens as this might save energy with heating and air.
- Irrigate Efficiently – Water deeply and infrequently to develop deep roots, water at night to reduce losing water to evaporation, and install a rain sensor to shut off watering when it rains.
- Create Practical/Limited Turf Areas –Manageable sizes, shapes and right drought-resistant grasses.
- Mulch – Help retain water or conserve soil moisture, reduce soil temperatures, keep plant roots cool, and reduce unsightly weeds.
- Soil Amendments – Use compost, leaf mold or manure.
- Select Low Maintenance and Low Water Requiring Plants – Use native plants and ornamental grasses. Group plants together with similar sunlight and water requirements.
- Maintenance –Aerate and mow turf, remove weeds and prune plant material (use the debris for composting).
By Tori Bondy