What is Xeriscaping?
This is the process of gardening/landscaping that reduces the need for water irrigation.
This system is specifically used in areas and regions that don’t have accessible or reliable water sources.
They play hand in hand with water-wise gardening, where gardens are designed to be drought-tolerant, or, are arranged in a way that plants with specific water requirements are grouped.
The reason xeriscaping differs from natural landscaping is that the key focus is not necessarily to use indigenous plants, but rather to select plants for water conservation.
These gardens are low-maintenance and require very low amounts of irrigation.
So what are the benefits of Xeriscaping?
This form of landscaping has had a difficult time catching on, as the misunderstanding may be that this type of garden will not look appealing, may it be cactus and gravel gardens with no life.
- Reduction in water usage
- Less probability of erosion occuring in sensitive areas
- Less usage of herbicide and pesticide
- Better establishment of fauna
- Less maintenance required
- Longer life cycle of plants due to their hardiness
- Better contribution to the environment
Take into consideration that planning and design will play a big role in the success of the garden, therefore it is essential to plan well and do your research.