Get on board with xeriscaping: No watering, mowing or fertilizers required

How do you know what to plant? Head to a local nursery and discuss the conditions with a knowledgeable gardener. You might also visit local public gardens to get ideas about the plants that take up a lot of space or which can provide you with good coverage. The goal is to cover as much of the lawn as possible and reduce the amount of mowing and maintenance necessary.

Be careful that you select only native species because you will want to also offer native birds and insects a steady supply of food and shelter too. Non-native plants can take over entire gardens, smother more delicate native plants, and offer no food supplies to local garden inhabitants.

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Looking for a way to avoid cutting the grass throughout the summer months? Maybe you hate the idea of using that exhaust spewing mower? Maybe you just hate schlepping around the yard in the blistering heat? Have you heard about a form of gardening known as “xeriscaping”? It relies entirely on the use of native plants, grasses, trees, and flowers to reduce or eliminate the need for mowing, weeding, fertilizing and watering.

The trick behind it is to select the right items for your particular area, and also for the specific conditions in each area of your yard. For example, let’s say your home is located in an area that gets full sun throughout the day, and yet another portion of it gets considerable shade too. In order to use xeriscaping successfully, you will have to plant different assortments of grasses, trees, shrubs, and flowers in the two areas.

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