How To Do Desert Landscaping
Desert landscaping is a popular method used by homeowners and landscapers to design a yard that conserves water. It's also popular because it is pratically maintenance-free.
One of the most modern and popular forms of landscaping is called, "going green landscaping". Ironically, there is very little green in the actual landscape because it is a landscaping method that saves water.
To start our plan for a front or backyard landscaping plan, we will have to decide if we want to completely have a waterless yard with stone and small rocks, or a yard with a few plants.
Most yards need at least a few plants. Desert plants use such a small amount of water and can be watered with a drip system.
Let's design the yard by deciding where to put a water drip hose system. These drip systems are available at most hardware stores and they can be installed in just a few minutes.
The large poly tube carries the water to the garden where it is then reduced to the drip tubing which waters each tree and plant.
Before we put in the rocks and gravel, we need to plant the flowers, plants, and trees. There are many kinds of desert plants and trees that are beautiful, but if we don't live in a desert climate, most of these plants won't grow.
We can still use the desert landscaping mentality of water conservation with local plants and trees that will flourish with the water drip system.
For those that do live in a desert climate, there are some fun plants that require very little maintenance.
The Joshua tree is a favorite of the Mojave Desert. I wish they could grow everywhere but that would make them less special.
Palm trees are very popular and there are hundreds of species to choose from.
Plants and bushes add a touch of beauty and with the drip irrigation system, the plants get watered, not the weeds.
The part of desert landscaping that requires little to no maintenance is the rocks and stones. This also includes "pavers" which is pathway stones.
Rocks and stones can be used as ground coverings.
Or they can be used as a yard centerpiece.
Curbing can be a nice addition to a front yard landscaping project because it adds definition. It separates and gives a yard symmetry.
There are many desert landscaping ideas that conserve water.
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