When you think about a garden, you might envision lush grass and trickling streams surrounded by bright flowers. This is one of the more common images that comes to mind. For many people in the United States, however, that vision is one that must remain unfulfilled. Due to terrain and water supply, gardens that require large amounts of water are often simply out of reach in places such as Florida, where water conservation is vitally important. Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to create a beautiful, memorable garden! Regardless of your water supply, xeriscaping, also known as “zero-scaping”, can help you create truly incredible and drought-tolerant gardens. Let’s take a look at some zero-scaping tips that can help you create the garden of your dreams!
Pay Attention to Soil Quality
One important, yet often overlooked, aspect of a successful drought tolerant garden is soil quality. You want to invest in soil that retains moisture as well as possible while still draining well. The right kind of soil can sustain the life of your plants while requiring less water than more traditional gardens. Depending upon your space and budget, this might mean adding organic material like shredded bark or compost to the first few inches of the soil in question. Alternatively, there are some plants that actually thrive in rocky, dry soil. Take your time to research your options before making a decision!
Eliminate Water-Wasting Plants
Zero-scaping is designed to help create gardens that thrive in dry conditions. It makes sense, then, that one of the most important tips we can give you is to rid (or reduce) water-wasting plants like turf grass. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have any lush grass or similar plants anywhere in your garden. If you can’t give up your dream of a bright green lawn, then you must simply reduce it down to a manageable size given the water resources you have available. A full lawn might not be manageable, but artfully placed smaller patches of grass can really make your garden pop.
Opt for Native Plants
Finally, make sure to take your time and carefully consider the types of plants you want to include in your garden. We all have favorite plants and flowers, but that doesn’t mean that we necessarily have the means to grow them ourselves. Before you commit to a certain plant or have your heart set on a specific design, step back for a moment and take a look at what kinds of plants thrive in your region. What plants are hardy enough to survive even in the worst environments? These are the plants that you should think about including in your zero-scaped garden. They will typically demand less water than other plants and can help fill out the majority of your space while the rest is complemented by lawn or other water-heavy plants.
For more information, reach out to A One Stop Garden Shop today! You can drop by to discuss your options in person, too.