Living in the Phoenix metropolitan area, located within the boundaries of the Sonoran Desert, can make landscaping projects challenging. This is especially true because typical landscapes, with lush green lawns, require rich soil and lots of water. Both of which can present a problem: Soil composition varies per region and water, a precious natural resource, is increasingly scarce. Enter Xeriscaping!
What is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping is engineered to use less water than other landscape options. Selecting plants and landscaping materials specifically designed to conserve water is the foundation of a Xeriscape design. Native and drought-tolerant plants and grass species can thrive without water for a long time. Landscape rock and hardscaping adds character as well. Xeriscaping also offers economic benefits by reducing water bills and maintenance costs.
Elements to Use in Xeriscaping
Spread two to three inches of fresh mulch around plants, shrubs, and trees. Buy organic mulch products, such as shredded hardwood or wood chips, in your choice of color at local landscaping supply stores. The advantages of organic mulch include increasing moisture and nutrients in the soil, reducing the frequency of watering, retaining oxygen in the soil, and protecting the soil from compaction caused by heavy rains or harsh sun.
Hardy Grass Species
If you prefer grass for your kids to play or pets to roll on, select a species with summer dormancy capabilities as these can withstand a drought, often without requiring much supplemental water. Three types to consider are: Bermuda grasses, St. Augustine grasses, and Ryegrass. Tifway 419 Bermuda grass is the traditional standard for golf and sport lawns because it performs best in full sun.
The desert offers a variety of low-water-use landscape plants. Information on drought-tolerant plants can be found on the Arizona Department of Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) website. Many varieties like Red Yucca even produce beautiful flowers that attract pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, and bats. It’s important to select plants with similar growing requirements; water and sun exposure included.
Hardscapes are man-made features such as walkways, curbing around planting areas, built-in benches or fireplaces, patios or decking, and raised garden beds or walls. These features create water efficiency in outdoor spaces. They also provide texture to the yard and can increase property values. Hardscaping materials include flagstone, pavers, concrete, travertine, and block.
Cutting Edge Curbing is a leading provider of landscape materials throughout Arizona. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality products to professional landscapers, construction companies, and residential homeowners. Come visit us at 7540 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301 today!