Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Xeriscape Landscaping in Hill Country, Texas

Living in Hill Country, Texas, we all know the dry conditions constantly in place. Just because we have limited water, does not mean we cannot have a beautiful yard. Burrough’s Landscaping specializes in Xeriscape (pronounced “zeer-i-scape”). Focusing on drought-resistant plants and beautiful hardscape, it is possible to have attractive scenery.

Burrough’s will begin with establishing a design that works best for the area, and is appealing to an owner, incorporating your ideas and appealing to your lifestyle. Whether there is a large expanse of yard or garden, or a small front yard that needs curb appeal, there are some thoughts to examine.

A plan is the first step. Like plants should be planted together, the ones needing less water separate from ones that may need more attention, such as water and sun. This results in less water being wasted if it is all going in the same direction. Begin by drawing and making a plan.
Examine the current turf area. It is not to say that you cannot have grass, but plan to use grasses that are nativeto the region. Plan for turf in less traveled areas. Incorporate grass in complimentary settings along with flowers and other hardscape.

Choosing plants and flowers that are native to the area is a great start. Keep in mind which plants and flowers need the least amount of water, and can tolerate the most sun. Group them together, making the most use of the natural environment.

Soil is more important than one might think. Most soil is a combination of three soils – clay, silt and sand. Silt is the choice preferred for Xeriscaped gardens, as sand allows too much drainage and clay retains moisture.

It is important to monitor watering, especially in newly planted flowers and plants. Even hardy plants may need water to establish a root system, then eventually slowing down the moisture. Monitor plants regularly, even drought resistant plants may need minimal watering during extreme heat. Watering close to the ground, avoids waste blowing into unneeded areas.

The two types of mulch are organic and inorganic. Choose organic mulch, such as bark mulch, cedar mulch and pine peelings to surround plants and flowers. Wood-based mulch keeps landscapes cooler, but may need to be replaced regularly to avoid rot. Inorganic mulch works best in the shade and for hardscapes. Stone based mulch, such as cobblestone or lava rock will soak up heat from the sun and evaporate any moisture, which can cause a hardship on plants and flowers.
The maintenance should be minimal, but will not be totally nonexistent in Xeriscape landscaping. Since most of the plants are natural to the area, which are typically slow growing, they should require minimal water after they are established. As in any landscape, trim dead or dry branches, leaves and flowers from plants.

Even if it initially seems costly to establish water conserving landscape, the savings can be seen in a few short months of less maintenance. Burrough’s Landscaping offers eco-friendly,innovative ideas for unique drought-resistant landscapes.

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