Charlie Glahe WIN Broomfield

Creating your own desert oasis


Are you fond of the warm temperatures of Arizona and New Mexico as well as lush gardens?

When it comes to buying a home, this combination of interests can make it hard to get everything you want. Indeed, the American Southwest isn't known for attracting green thumbs, as the desert conditions can make it hard to get anything to grow. While the landscape, temperatures and lack of rain can make it difficult to show off a bed of daisies, you can give xeriscaping a chance.

What is xeriscaping?
Not only are areas affected by drought hard on vegetation, but they also typically have water conservation rules in place. Even if you could get a few seeds to sprout, such laws can present difficulties for giving them the nourishment they require. Xeriscaping is one way to address these obstacles. It refers to landscaping that uses plants that require little water to survive while still serving as a beautiful, natural decoration for your property.

Specifically, xeriscaping calls for using plants that are native to the area. Of course, you may immediately envision the front lawn of an Albuquerque home that is covered in cacti. However, there are many ways to get some variety out of the native flora.

How do you create a xeric landscape?
Given the nature of the land and laws you'll be working with, you'll need to work strategically to ensure your project is beautiful and efficiently uses water. Here are some xeriscaping tips:

  • Install drip irrigation. In more lush locations, sprinklers are the norm. However, plants in drier climates can easily be drowned by this much water. Drip irrigation systems, which allow water to slowly drip to the plants' roots, provide the appropriate amount of moisture.
  • Group plants strategically. To save on your water usage, take some time to plan where each type of plant will go, grouping them based on the amount of moisture they need. As a result, you can water your flora in sections and on a schedule. This can be particularly helpful if you're throwing in a few plants that aren't xeric.
  • Keep some of the lawn. You're allowed to hang onto some of your grass if you want a soft place for your kids or pets to play. Certain types of turf use less water and are suitable if you want a little green.
  • Consult with experts. Just as you'd hire a professional to conduct a home inspection, seek out a horticulturalist to determine which xeric plants will work best for your property.