Xeriscape = Zero Hassle

Erin Conant

Making the jump from a turf-blanketed landscape to a xeric one can be daunting. Daily, I speak with folks who are tossing around the idea of minimizing the amount of grass they must maintain, but don’t know how to get started. Xeriscape doesn’t mean ugly.  It just means zero hassle.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Just cactus and rocks it’s not. Xeriscape means expansive, beautiful perennial beds and zero hassle. Hardscape that’s practical and eye-catching. Extended outdoor living spaces. Most importantly, a successful xeriscape incorporates plant material that uses less of our precious resources, particularly water.
  • Be encouraged. Xeriscaping has been a valuable gardening principle for ages and can be seen almost anywhere! Stroll or drive through neighborhoods for inspiration. For visual encouragement, visit WaterSaver Lane at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, which features six different low-water-use landscapes, including a manicured xeriscape.
  • Follow the rules, particularly if you live in a community with a Homeowner’s Association, or HOA. They often have specific restrictions regarding the appearance of your property.

Reducing your turf has bountiful rewards and zero hassle. And, I’ve never met anyone who did so and regretted it. Happy xeriscaping!

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