That is The Question!
If you have checked out the recent U.S. Drought Monitor the title could be summed up at a glance. With several sources stating the California could be in the worst drought in 500 years it makes sense that xeriscaping is an answer to the question. We have had water restrictions in Denver Metro for several years now as well.
Now that we have got your attention with the doom and gloom here is the upside to xeriscaping.
- Saves Water. For most of North America, over 50% of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 50 – 75%.
- Less Maintenance. Aside from occasional pruning and weeding, maintenance is minimal. Watering requirements are low, and can be met with simple irrigation systems.
- No Fertilizers or Pesticides. Using plants native to your area will eliminate the need for chemical supplements. Sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy organic soil.
- Improves Property Value. A good Xeriscape can raise property values which more than offset the cost of installation. Protect your landscaping investment by drought-proofing it.
- Pollution Free. Fossil fuel consumption from gas mowers is minimized or eliminated with minimal turf areas. Small turf areas can be maintained with a reel mower.
- Provides Wildlife Habitat. Use of native plants, shrubs and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.
Having spent time in Scottsdale, AZ and San Diego, CA recently, I can tell you that xeriscaping was aesthetically pleasing as well. I enjoyed seeing all of the native trees, shrubs, flowers, and cacti. It was enjoyable to see the differences in the local vegetation and some that I didn’t recognize being a Colorado Native.