Principles of Xeriscape

Well designed xeriscapes are a spectacular example of beauty and diversity.  It does not encompass just rocks and gravel.  By definition, XERISCAPE means a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or other maintenance.  Here are the 7 common-sense principles of Xeriscape...


PLAN and design

Water conservation and beauty from the start. A design makes it easy to complete your project in phases.


Create practical turf areas

Manageable size, shape and grade. 

select low-water plants

Group them according to their water needs. This is also known as hydrozoning. Then experiment to determine how much and how often to water.

use soil amendments

Use as you plant, compost is the best choice.


Use mulches

Shredded mulches or cobble rock to reduce evaporation and to keep the soil cool.


Irrigate efficiently

With properly designed systems and by applying the right amount of water at the right time. 


Maintain the Landscape Properly

Includes mowing, weeding, pruning and fertilizing properly. 

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