Staff Contribution: Xeriscape 101

Written by April Litz | Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
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Stage 2 water restrictions in Austin, TX mean you can only water your yard once a week. Question: With the continuous drought, it's tough to keep a yard green, what's a gal to do? Answer: Reduce your lawn as much as you can with a little elbow grease and strong back muscles by xeriscaping! Xeriscaping is landscaping that is designed specifically for areas that are susceptible to drought, or for properties where water conservation is practiced. Derived from the Greek "xeros" meaning dry, the term xeriscape literally means "dry landscape."

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Anyone can xeriscape their lawn in a few easy steps. First, define the area. Second, scrape off what little grass you have left, dig and dig, then put down the weed block. Lastly, add your native plants, frame it, surround it with mulch and fill it all in nicely with pea gravel. You can xeriscape your space with native, drought tolerant plants, professional weed block, mulch, pea gravel, bricks from the hardware store and local limestone blocks. Ta-da! Your yard can now be a water-free, mow-free, no-maintenance zone.