In Arizona, landscaping requires some different considerations than it does in other places, given the desert climate and mountainous terrain. For this reason, many people who are moving into custom homes choose xeriscaping for their landscaping style. Xeriscaping looks natural in the desert and complements the design of many Arizona homes, while conserving water and protecting the local ecosystem. Could xeriscaping be the right choice for your new custom home? Here is what you need to know.
What exactly is xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping is a technique of landscaping an environment with no to minimal need for water. It originated in Colorado, where the demands of watering landscaping was taxing local water supplies, and then its popularity spread to other parts of the Western US, where water supplies are also under pressure. The focus is on finding a balance between landscaping that looks beautiful while using water most efficiently in the environment. In Arizona, its popularity has boomed in recent years.
What kinds of plants are used in xeriscaping?
The decision about the kinds of plants and other landscaping features are used in xeriscaping is highly dependent on where it is being practiced. The idea is to choose plants and trees that are native to the climate, so that they are naturally able to grow without special treatment, while avoiding any plants and trees that will need an excessive amount of watering to survive in the desert climate. These plants and trees are complemented by rocks, stone, and other features that don’t require any water at all.
What are some of the benefits?
The clear benefit of xeriscaping is reducing your need for water. It keeps your costs down and helps the local environment. Additionally, because xeriscape works with your local environment instead of against it, it’s easier than ever to keep your landscaping looking its best.
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