By: Danielle Hegedus and The Plan Man
New Houseplans and the Benefits of Xeriscaping
As many homeowners seek to reduce their environmental impact when purchasing new houseplans through energy efficient appliances, solar panels, and utilizing eco-friendly building materials like bamboo, sustainable landscaping is also gaining popularity. Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Pronounced “zeer-i-scape,” it’s a combination of two Greek words: “xeros” (dry) and “scape” (view). At Modernize , they love the benefits of xeriscaping and how you can incorporate elements of this ecologically sustainable landscaping into the outdoor space of houseplans.
What are the Benefits of Xeriscaping your new Houseplan?
❏ Saves Water: According to HGTV, “The average American family of four uses 60 gallons of water per day just to water the lawn and garden (almost 22,000 gallons per year) . Experts estimate that up to half of that water goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design or overwatering. Converting to a water-wise landscape can reduce outdoor water use by as much as 50 percent.” Xeriscaping is a great landscaping option for those who live in an area affected by drought, water restrictions, or who just want to reduce their water usage in their new houseplans.
❏ Improves Property Value: According to the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers are looking for sustainable home features. Converting to a water-efficient, low maintenance landscape will make your home very attractive to potential homebuyers.
❏ Less Maintenance: Xeriscaping is fairly low maintenance as compared to standard landscaping, enabling even the most novice gardener to create a simple and elegant landscape. It takes less water to keep plants alive and foliage is typically slow growing. Maintenance typically includes clearing dead branches to promote growth and keep roots strong.
❏ No Fertilizers or Pesticide: Because xeriscaping utilizes plants that are native to your area, there is no need for additional chemical supplements.
Carve Out Natural Walkways and Patios
Forgo the standard concrete walkways, driveways, and patios and incorporate more natural elements into your landscaping. Natural stone, wood pavers, mulch, and gravel are all great alternatives to concrete that require minimal maintenance and fit seamlessly into your landscaping.
Build a Dry Creek Bed
You can control the flow of rainwater across your lawn–especially important for succulents that need well drained soil–by building a dry creek bed. If your area experiences a lot of moisture, moss may develop on large boulders, creating an especially beautiful and natural look. Follow this DIY network tutorial to build your own dry creek bed.
Create a Succulent Garden
Succulents thrive in the most challenging conditions because they have thick leaves that store moisture.Many succulents are perennial so when they bloom they will also add a nice burst of color to your landscaping. Lay down pebbles to help control weeds and then experiment with larger rocks to create a design that appeals to you.