Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Curb Appeal - xeriscaping.

This summer, many homeowners are seeing mostly brown patches instead of lush grass or if the grass is green, really high water bills.

So what can you do?    A recent Wall Street Journal article talks about a woman in Ambler, Pa who turned her lawn into an Arizona style garden, with low moisture needing native plants -  a process called called Xeriscaping.

Many xeric principles are simply common sense: Choose native plants rather than exotics, which can sometimes need lots of extra hosing. Group plants according to water need to avoid unnecessary drenching. And use mulches—such as pine shavings or gravel—to minimize water evaporation and keep weeds at bay.  Slightly raised beds that help drainage keep roots of of dry-loving plants from sitting in water.

Xeriscaping anyone?

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it is too common, but it has something that others can't provide which is why I prefer it much.