According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses over 300 gallons of water every day. Roughly 30 percent of that daily usage is utilized for lawn, garden, and landscaping maintenance. If you’re ready to commit to water conservation and save on your water bill in the process, it's time to switch to Xeriscaping.

Xeriscaping, meaning dry landscape, is a sustainable landscaping option developed by a group of professionals from Colorado in the early 80s. It is basically an irrigation process that will save you from having to water your lawn and involves choosing specific plants that can survive in a dry climate.

At Southwest Outdoor Services, we’ve helped countless homeowners in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad , CA, and surrounding areas, transition to eco-friendly systems. Let’s talk about how Xeriscaping works to save you water.

The Xeriscaping Method

Learn more about the xeriscaping method and how it benefits both your property and the environment.

1. Using drought-tolerant plants

A landscape bed of drought tolerant plants in Solana Beach, CA.

The first step in Xeriscaping is instilling drought-tolerant plants. Drought-tolerant plants can survive with very little water. Native plants, such as the Santa Barbara Ceanothus or Golden Yarrow, are great options because they are already suited for the weather and soil conditions of your area.

There are so many beautiful, colorful drought-tolerant plants to choose from. Others include:

  • Coneflower
  • California Poppy
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Palms
  • African Daisy
  • Lavender
  • Agave
  • Bugleweed
  • Cactus Plants

Putting in some drought-resistant flowers and plants can be fun. It is a great start to creating a Xeriscaped lawn that will need little to no water beyond what the natural climate provides, but it's just a start.

2. Using water-saving hardscapes

A dry creek bed with drain installed in the backyard of a home in Vista, CA.

Another switch to Xeriscaping is to use water-saving hardscapes. Hardscapes refer to any non-living element in your lawn, such as a brick patio, stone wall, or walkway.

A great hardscape for Xeriscaping is a dry creek bed. This is a shallow trench full of rocks, gravel, and boulders and lined by landscaping fabric. It is extremely low maintenance. It works to filter, slow down, and drain rainwater to protect the rest of your property from erosion and standing water. Dry creek beds are a great draining solution and require very little digging. They also give your yard an aesthetic look.

3. Replacing your grassy lawn

Artificial turf installed along a sidewalk at a home in Oceanside, CA.

Another part of Xeriscaping is replacing your grass with alternatives, such as soil, rocks, mulch, or artificial turf.

Mulch helps to retain moisture by creating a cover over the soil. This limits weeds from growing, which lessens competition for water and nutrients, allowing your drought-tolerant plants to thrive. There are several different kinds of mulch that you can look into. Artificial turf is another option that is very easy to maintain. It provides a great surface for children and pets to play on. Most importantly, it remains cool, helps reduce water erosion, and does not require watering.

Just adding rocks to your landscape will save you water, too. Rocks keep water moving very slowly.

4. Adding drip irrigation to conserve more water

A drip irrigation system set up on a landscape in Carlsbad, CA.

Lastly, you can add a drip irrigation system to your lawn to further conserve water. Drip irrigation is a method involving applying small quantities of water to a specific area. This delivers water specifically to the plant's root zone without over-watering. A combination of Xeriscaping and drip irrigation will give you a completely eco-friendly property.

Get Started With Your New Xeriscaping Project Today!

Are you ready to switch to Xeriscaping and shave 50 percent off your outdoor water usage? We offer quality Xeriscaping design and installation services. Our goal is to save homeowners time and money while transitioning to an eco-friendly system. Call today at (858) 335-4650 to set up a consultation.