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Low Water Landscaping 1

low water landscaping 1
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Xeriscape: Water Conservation for Your Lawn or Garden If you have a love for greenery, but you’re looking to conserve water, consider xeriscaping your yard. Xeriscaping, or low-water landscaping, is an eco-friendly approach to gardening. It lessens the need for supplemental water due to irrigation, and reduces the amount of time and money it takes to maintain your yard. Xeriscaping is most effective when you replace thirsty plants with more drought-tolerant plants. For areas in your yard with full sun, try planting creeping juniper, creeping phlox, lavender or thyme. Plants that will enjoy partial shade include periwinkle and winter creeper. If you’d prefer ornamental grasses, check out bamboo, buffalo grass or sea oats. For drought-tolerant trees and shrubs, try boxelder, juniper and sumac. Fall is the best time to xeriscape. During this time, plants are dormant and can establish themselves before heat and drought sets in around spring and summer. Some of the most popular drought-tolerant plants often used for xeriscaping are succulents, specifically sedum. Sedum is a hardy plant available in a range of colorful varieties to match your gardening needs. Prepare your soil to support low-water plants by testing the pH. Ideally, you want a pH between 6-7, so consult the soil test packaging for tips on which amendments you should add to your soil to level the pH. Compost is an excellent additive when planning low-water landscaping, as it can provide nutrients for your plants and helps to stabilize the soil pH. To directly change the level of acidity in your soil, add sulfur to increase the acidity and lime to reduce it. For an easy and quick solution to dry climates, consider incorporating landscape rocks as part of your xeriscaping plan. Requiring no care or maintenance, landscape rocks such as brick chips, cobblestone, lava rock and even landscape grass can transform your yard. In this series, you’ll learn the key elements needed to maintain your xeriscaped yard. Be sure to follow the maintenance instructions on your plant tag. It may also be necessary to check your local ordinances for landscape regulations before starting this project. For more information on helping your landscape fight drought, visit the Garden Club.

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