Although it has plenty of advantages, and it's a great way to make your Arizona house stand out on your block, many homeowners have never considered switching to a xeriscaped landscape, and a few don't even know the meaning of the word! Xeriscaping is the art of transforming a yard into a gorgeous desert paradise, with gravel rather than grass, and cacti over shrubs. These landscape designs are trendy and different, but that isn't quite a bad thing. We're going to take you through the positive and negative aspects to consider when planning a potential switch to native, desert, low-water plants.
Xeriscaping was created as a way to conserve water using native, low-maintenance plants. The word comes from the Greek root xeros, meaning dry or dryness. Homeowners can utilize a xeriscaped yard as a method of saving money month-to-month on water bills. Grass, trees, and flowers use much more water than their desert-based friends. Not only will you be saving money each month, you'll also be treating the earth well; a large portion of water for outdoor use (the biggest offender, watering that green grass) in the United States is wasted by poor watering practices.
This form of landscape design requires much less maintenance compared to our more traditional lawns that are covered in grass and shrubs. Fortunately, this means that it very rare for this well-manicured landscape to look unsightly. Weeds are not a major concern and rocks do not need mowing or trimming. We still advise a less-frequent maintenance plan be provided by a landscaper to rake fallen leaves and flowers, and to trim your new plants.
To some homebuyers, who may be expecting a typical bright, green, and grassy lawn, xeriscaping is a strange look. Done well, xeriscaped yards are gorgeous, colorful, and full of vibrant life. The individual style provided by xeriscaping can improve property value, and the trendy and modern look is very inciting to shoppers. There are many more plant options than you would expect in this style, also plenty of additions and installations that compliment the flora of your desert yard. Although nontraditional, xeriscaping can provide originality and true Arizona desert beauty, in a yard that would otherwise blend in with the rest of the block.
The cost, work, and time to switch can be a major disadventage for homeowners looking to switch to a xeriscaped yard. If this is what is holding you back from converting to a beautiful and new desert space, know that there are options for you. Although more time consuming, there are less labor intensive ways to get started when removing your current landscape installations, including purchasing sprays to kill off grass over time, rather than pulling it up. Also remember, when it comes to the financial aspect, you will save money every single month on your water, and that alone is enough of a reason to make the switch. You also have the option of hiring a professional landscaping team to do the work for you. Here at Scottsdale Landscaping, we have access to the supplies needed to get the job done, saving you from renting equipment. We order supplies in bulk for all of our customers and can supply lower costs compared to shopping around for your own plants and additions. We do all the hard work, and you save money, time, and your back!
Redesigning any portion of your home takes plenty of thought and consideration. When it comes to landscape remodeling, xeriscaping proves extremely beneficial compared to the installation of new, high-water usage plants that match your current lawn. The professionals at Scottsdale Landscaping can help you plan the desert yard that would work best for your budget, your time, your home, and your style. Our design group will share their expertise; our installation team will do all the heavy lifting and they will leave you with a yard guaranteed to impress. Contact Scottsdale Landscaping today to start your next outdoor project with us.