Congratulations! You've bought your dream home and have been working hard on your yard and garden, scouring landscaping books and binge watching Love Your Garden on Netflix but to no avail. Mother Nature has said "Nope. Not today." Instead of…
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Congratulations! You’ve bought your dream home and have been working hard on your yard and garden, scouring landscaping books and binge watching Love Your Garden on Netflix but to no avail. Mother Nature has said “Nope. Not today.” Instead of a beautiful lush oasis your lawn is a sad, crispy desert mocking your landscaping attempts every time you walk outside. Many north Texas Home Buyers suffer with the summer heat transforming their yards into a post-apopyolitic scene from Mad Max.
No more. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today is the day you learn about xeriscaping.
This could be your lawn.
Pronounced “zeer-i-scape” is the combination of two Greek words: “xeros” (dry) and “scape” (view) was a concept coined and trademarked by Denver Water during a difficult drought period in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. It is a philosophy that uses as many native drought resistant plants as possible and arranges them in an efficient water-saving manner. What this means for you, is it could save you upwards of 50% or more on your water bill. Not too shabby. Other benefits include:
Maximizes Natural Rainfall
Low Maintenance Requirements
Minimal Pest and Disease Problems
Little or No Fertilization
Now the fun stuff – what to plant in North Texas! Clean Water Action goes into detail regarding 4 different xeriscape styles but the one we will focus on today is Texas Pride Xeriscape.
“The Texas pride xeriscape is one that embraces the beauty of Texas and showcases our beautiful native plants. These xeriscapes are very hardy because the plants were made to live here. Use native stone and trees as accents. Plant beds can contain mulch in a more formal representation of the forest floor. We love these xeriscapes. They are excellent for wildlife, beautiful, and show an appreciation for your unique bioregion.”
Check out the below gallery of the beautiful and varied plants to inspire you on your own xeriscaping makeover.
Ready to get started? Big Texas Home Buyers recommends these nurseries as great resources for your xeriscaping needs: