How to Xeriscape Your Yard and Conserve Water

Updated July 30, 2019
Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

We all take pride in a beautiful lawn, especially one that is landscaped to the nines. Unfortunately, many climates require supplemental water and sprinkling systems to maintain a healthy landscape.

Outdoor water use can be wasteful — the EPA reports that up to 50% can be lost due to wind, evaporation, and runoff. 

Luckily, a modern form of landscape design called xeriscaping uses native species, grass alternatives, and low-water plants to reduce the need for supplemental water. Xeriscaping doesn’t limit you to just gravel and cacti, either. There are a variety of trees, flowers, and shrubs that can still give you the garden or yard of your dreams. 

If you think a xeriscape yard is a good fit for your home, check out the visual guide below from The Zebra on xeriscape-friendly plants and design tips. 

Basics of Xeriscaping

Before getting started, make sure to review the seven key principles of xeriscaping to ensure your yard is up to par:

Proper Planning
Soil Preparation
Minimize Grass
Incorporate Native Species
Water Efficiently
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
Maintain Your Yard

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Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

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