Live in an Area That Is Prone to Droughts? Tips for Xeriscaping Landscaping

Posted on: 2 November 2016

If you live in an area that is prone to droughts, you may think you cannot have healthy flowers in your yard. Fortunately, there are many ways you can have flowers that will grow well in your yard. One way you can do this is to use xeriscaping. Below is some information about this so you can decide whether it is right for you.


Xeriscaping is basically planting flowers that are drought resistant. This means they do not require as much water as other flowers do. This will also save you a lot of money in your water bill. If you plant native flowers, they will not have to be fertilized if you plant them in healthy soil. The maintenance that you need to do is removing weeds and occasionally pruning, if needed.

Because these flowers require less water, you can set up a simple irrigation system so you will not have to worry about watering them at all. Do some research of drought-resistant and native flowers you can purchase. A garden-center employee can be very helpful with this also.

Healthy Soil

Before you purchase any flowers, make sure you have healthy soil. This type of soil drains quickly so the roots of the flowers do not rot and so healthy soil can store water for your plants also. You can do this by adding organic materials, such as compost, to the soil. If you are not sure how healthy your soil is, you can purchase a soil pH test kit at a garden center. This will show you the pH balance of your soil. You can then choose the right type of flowers. In most cases, plants will be labeled and show information about the soil pH the plant needs.


Put mulch around all the flowers, as it will help retain moisture, protect your plants from hot temperatures, and keep out weeds. You can use leaves, wood chips, bark, gravel, or pine needles as mulch. Spread about two to three inches of mulch around the flower garden. When you are finished, push the mulch back a few inches around the base of each flowers so the flowers are not smothered. Keep an eye on the mulch because it will break down, and you may have to add more over time.

If you need help with any of this, hire a landscaper that is experienced with xeriscaping, such as Bourget Bros. Building Materials.