From Anna on June 26th, 2008 in Landscaping
Xeriscaping is a term that refers to a form of landscaping that doesn’t require additional irrigation than the native climate provides. Originating from the Greek root “xeros” which means dry, xeriscaping is encouraged in dry areas where water is in short supply.
According to this article, “Experts Fear Much of U.S. Could Face Water Shortage,” up to 36 states will potentially face water shortages in the next five years. The article points to rising temperatures, growing populations, waste and excess, and drought as some of the causes of this dire situation. With such a looming crisis, it may be wise to incorporate some xeriscaping into your landscape design.
Xeriscaping is accomplished through a patient process beginning with careful planning. The point is to gradually introduce your design into the existing foliage, incorporating as much of the native vegetation as possible. Look for ways to prevent erosion and the loss of valuable topsoil by using erosion control methods on sloped or hilly terrains. Another part of xeriscaping is planting trees and shrubbery to support energy efficiency within your home. Choose and place plants to optimize the sun’s natural energy, and to protect your home from extreme elements.
Xeriscaping may require a bit more strategic planning than standard landscaping methods, but will save water, conserve energy, and contribute to the overall preservation of our planet. Be sure to discuss your desire to incorporate xeriscaping into your landscaping while deciding which estimate to accept from pre-screened landscaping contractors in your area.