There's a common misconception that Xeriscaping means zero-scaping. That to conserve water, you'll have an entirely dry, rocky or barren landscape, void of color and life. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Xeriscaped lawns can be spectacularly colorful, lush, layered and interesting. They adapt to quickly-changing weather and dry spells without a limitless amount of water because they're designed to use water intentionally in well-controlled amounts and locations throughout the landscape. Xeriscaped spaces are smart and a great match for Colorado.
What was originally developed for drought-sensitive climates, Xeriscaping has now garnered popularity across the globe. And it’s no surprise. Xeriscaping offers a respite from weeding, mowing and maintenance without compromising features like vegetable gardens, colorful flowers and yes, even turf. What’s not to love about creative, beautiful landscaping that conserves water and money, too?
Beautiful Xeriscaping doesn’t happen by accident. It takes research, planning and design. Here are a few tips on how to get started:
- Start with a smartly designed plan and you’ll end up with a beautifully designed space. You may want to pick up a few books on the subject or even enlisting the help of a professional.
- If you have a large space, limited budget, or both, you may want to execute your plan in phases.
- Consider water conservation from the start. Group plants by their water needs to make irrigation more streamlined. Incorporate manageably-sized turf areas. And don’t forget rock and mulch, which help keep soil cool and minimize evaporation.
- Amend the soil as you plant to give plants a healthy start.
- Keep in mind that plants do not have to be indigenous to your region to be suitable for Xeriscaping. Varieties of irises, tulips and roses can do quite well with limited water in our climate.