Xeriscaping has many different aspects – there’s no one “trick” to conserving water effectively. These include:
Low Water Plants: Cacti, warm-season grass and other water-saving plants such as agave and juniper require far less hydration than many traditional garden favorites, and wisely arranged they can look even better, because their colors blend with the environment – they’re adapted to the land. Low water plants also help maintain the shape of your xeriscape as their root systems help fend off erosion.
Runoff Conservation: In traditional landscaping you pay attention to runoff to avoid unwanted flooding, pooling and soil erosion. Xeriscaping controls runoff paths to ensure that every drop helps
Wise Turf: Grass is one of the biggest water sinks around. A Xeriscape uses runoff and proper plant selection to minimize this, but it also looks at designing the overall space to require as little turf as possible by incorporating hardscaping for high traffic areas and eliminating wasted, inaccessible patches of turf, such as those in the corners of many gardens.
More: Xeriscaping is about using creative methods to minimize water consumption, and is constantly evolving as people develop new ideas about how to do that. One of the pleasures of doing this kind of work isn’t just in being environmentally conscious either. Xeriscapes are beautiful, and we take pride in designing examples that look as good as any traditional landscaping job.