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Xeriscaping Principles

April 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Landscape Garden Idea

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Xeriscaping is becoming a popular trend in American landscaping, especially as water consciousness rises. Water is becoming expensive, and that’s leading more homeowners to seek methods to reduce the costs of watering their lawns. Before you go ripping yours out, it’s important to have an understanding of xeriscaping, so you can make good decisions on which plants you’ll use in your yard.

Cooling Things Off

Everyone knows that xeriscaping utilizes drought-tolerant plants, but no one bothers to talk about shade. Shade is crucial in xeriscaping, as there are some species who rely on partial shade in dry conditions to survive. Plus, shade is good for your home too. Map out your home, including any large rocks or plants you’re unwilling to relocate. Next, mark any slopes, so you can tell how to best utilize water runoff.

Improving Growing Conditions

You’ll need good soil to grow anything, even plants that can grow in dry soil. Soil should hold water when its watered, provide nutrients to your plants and have some aeration to promote root growth. Soil should also feel a bit loose. Too dense and it will become a clay-like substance when it comes into contact with water.

Plant Native

Another strategy involves planting only native species in your yard, or dedicating some space to natives. Natives tend to thrive in your environment, under whatever natural conditions are present. You can’t plant and forget, but you should have an easier time and utilize far less water when you plant a native flower or tree.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter.

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