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Jun 11, 2012

How to design a xeriscape

A xeriscape gardening is a concept born in the 70s in United States. Gardens where it is not used much water and hence are planted species that do not require water. The prefix "Xero" meaning "dry" and said the United States is born as a result of severe drought that hit the area in the 70's.

This idea of ​​garden scattered around various parts of the world, especially in dry climates and desert and now has reached places where water is abundant but is presented as a kind of innovative and original garden.

The xeriscape needs a quarter of what you need a conventional garden so water conservation is widely significant. Furthermore, this type of garden has an ecological and advocating a reduced use of machinery, fuel and other typical processes of maintaining a garden.

What to consider in designing a xeriscape?

Most important is the design of the grouping of plants. Species should be grouped depending on the amount of water they need. You can not put a plant that needs plenty of water along with one that does not need much. Then divide your garden into three: the area of low water, where they would plant low water consumption, half the area of consumption and high consumption. Or to further reduce water consumption can be made ​​only two zones: the low power consumption and a half.

In the xeriscape plan should some types of trees that function as shadows for certain types of plant and thus to guard against just because of this direct action on the plants can dehydrate. Once you have your xeriscape design according to the size and surface of the need to start working the soil.

You should measure the pH and raise or lower according to measurement results. In addition, you must verify that the soil has the nutrients so that it may be necessary to use certain types of fertilizer. Also check the salinity of soil and plant species to withstand this type of soil. To improve soil xeriscape hidroretentores is useful to have products that are placed on the ground and absorb rain water leaving the wet ground longer.

What species can be used for planting in the xeriscape?

To cite just a few, Palms, Tamariscos, Ligustrines, climbing plants, Aloe Vera, Acacias in the case of trees, among others.
The xeriscape is a very interesting alternative and your home and it will be very original.