In California, there has been a major call-to-action for its residents to conserve what little water there is left. It is frightening to think that one day soon there may not be enough water to go around in a state that is surrounded by water on one side. The problem is that taking shorter showers and shutting off the faucet while we brush our teeth isn’t going to cut it. The largest percentage of water usage in any home is due to landscaping. In fact, 50% of water is used not inside the home, but on keeping up its outside.
So what do you do? How do you balance water conservation while also keeping your property’s outer appeal? Not only is a home’s exterior the first thing your visitors see upon arrival, but it is especially crucial when you are selling your home. Consider the xeriscape garden.
Xeriscape landscaping was developed for drought-afflicted areas, but it shouldn’t be limited to desert regions as it has many more advantages. It was built on the concept to only rely on natural rainfall for its irrigation. Not only does it save a significant amount of water (50-75% savings!) but it requires minimal maintenance and eliminates the need for pesticides & fertilizers. Long gone are the hours, expenses and frustration of keeping a garden lush and vibrant. And anything we can do to help the environment is a plus. In fact, drought-proofing your yard not only saves time, money and helps the environment, but it also IMPROVES your home’s property value! What is better than that? It’s a win-win for everyone involved!
Now, I know what you’re thinking…but I don’t want a yard full of succulents and ornamental grasses! It doesn’t work with the aesthetic of my house. But that’s where you are wrong. You aren’t limited to nature’s desert flowers. In fact, there are hundreds of drought-resistant plantings. The key is to use varieties that are native to your area. Generally, these plants have small, thick, glossy or fuzzy leaves, which is what allows them to require minimal watering. Your neighborhood nursery will be able to help you as you are designing your garden landscape. Happy gardening!
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