- Test your soil. When necessary, add organic matter to your soil if it is performing poorly. You can take compost from your own pile or purchase organic compost and/or fertilizer from a local nursery or garden store.
- Group plants by watering requirements. Place high-need plants in areas that naturally receive more water from rain or the sprinkler, or where you can hand-water easily and conveniently.
- Plant native species. These varieties are more accustomed to the weather and soil conditions in the area which you live, will have a better chance of thriving, and won't require extra water as those imported from other areas.
- Reduce grass space. Grass tends to require a lot of water, so limit grass areas and plant varieties of flowers, shrubs, bushes, and plants that require minimal amounts of water.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch! Spread plant beds with grass shavings from the mower and fallen leaves to help retain as much moisture as possible.
- Avoiding use of pesticides, fertilizers, and chemicals
- Improves the value of your property by offsetting costs of expensive landscaping
- Saves water
- Provides a natural habitat for local wildlife
- Reduces pollution of soil, air, and water
For more information on Xeriscaping, visit the Landscape Design Site.
Less maintenance and time invested is necessary