New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

Low Water Landscaping: Tips And Advice

Sonia Scott

Low water landscaping design can save homeowners money by reducing watering costs and maintenance. However, low water landscaping (also known as xeriscaping) can feel like a leap into the dark for some people, because the traditional yard utilizes plants that require regular irrigation. If you're a homeowner thinking about getting started in xeriscaping, these tips can help. 

Go Native

Many people who think of low water landscapes imagine desert-like landscapes with cacti and succulents baking in the sun. The truth is that the best low-water landscapes are those that are designed to grow and thrive in the natural climate of a region, and cacti are not well suited for all regions. Homeowners hoping to cut back on their water usage must turn instead to native plants from their local area. This can include anything from wildflowers to mosses. 

Stagger Bloom Times

Different wildflowers bloom at different times of the year. Staggering the bloom times will help ensure that your yard is a constant, ever-changing kaleidoscope of color and cheer. 

Include Plantless Spaces

Very likely, your low-water landscape will require you to rip out the grass on your lawn. Even if you populate the empty space with throngs of wildflowers, you may find yourself incorporating plantless spaces into your design. Plantless places can be peaceful, pleasant and easy to stroll through. When designing these plantless areas, consider using the following landscaping elements: 

  • Rock mulch. Much like grass, decorative rocks can add color to a landscape, making large empty areas seem full and interesting. 
  • Paver stones. Use pavers to create large, flat, patio-like spaces. When choosing a paver, seek stones quarried from nearby sources.
  • Benches. Benches give you and your family members a place to sit in peace on your lawn.
  • Fire pit. Fire pits are a fun place to spend time during barbecues and outdoor entertaining. They also take up a lot of space and present the perfect opportunity to decorate your lawn without plants. 
  • Boulders. Like shrubs, boulders can become areas of interest. Dispersed throughout the landscape, boulders help the eye move from one part of the lawn to the other. 

For more tips and information, contact a reputable and experienced landscaping company in your area. Work with your landscape artist to come up with a design that suits your property as well as your personality so you can be proud of your outdoor spaces and enjoy your time there. Contact a company like All Season Landscaping to get started.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.