Xeriscaping: Drought Tolerant Landscaping Can Enhance Your Curb Appeal And Help Preserve The Environment

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 8:58am.

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If you’ve lived in Santa Cruz for a while, you’re likely all too familiar with the watering restrictions that the municipal districts impose each year. Unfortunately, as populations increase and the amount of available water decreases, it could become increasingly difficult to justify the cost to maintain a luscious green grass and blossoming garden. Current watering restrictions permit residents to use enough water to keep their lawns green, but if the drought trends continue it may be time to reshape our landscaping practices to better suit the available resources.

Unlike traditional landscaping practices, xeriscaping is a terrific alternative that requires much less water, fertilizer, and elbow grease. Plus, it can help boost your home's curb appeal!

The Benefits of Xeriscaping in Santa Cruz

Xeriscaping, by definition, is the conservation of water through alternative landscaping methods. It helps to reduce the amount of turf on your property by replacing the grass with local drought tolerant plants, rock gardens, organic soils, and custom watering solutions that deliver water directly to the roots of the plant. For 1000 sqft of traditional lawn, approximately 25,000 gallons of water are soaked up each year. Xeriscaping is an environmentally sustainable way to beautify your Santa Cruz property, save money on your water bill, and have more free time to do the things you love. Check out some of the awesome benefits of switching to this eco-friendly alternative.

  • Conserves water
  • Requires less maintenance
  • Reduces need for fertilizers or pesticides
  • Enhances property value
  • Is free of pollutants
  • Creates new habitat areas for wildlife

How Xeriscaping Can Save You Money And Beautify Your Property

There’s occasionally a misconception that xeriscape design practices only use cacti and dirt, making your home look more like a dry, desolate desert than a colorful and thriving oasis. The cost to implement a xeriscape is similar to that of traditional landscaping. However, by switching out your current garden for this kind of design, you can anticipate a savings of around 30% on your annual water bill.

Planting Drought Tolerant Plans In Santa Cruz

The Strawberry Tree, Lady Banks Rose, Garden Penstemon, Daylily, and the Autumn Fern, are just a sampling of plant species that prosper in Santa Cruz gardens. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you just want to improve the frontage of your home, a creative landscaping approach like xeriscaping could elevate your home’s value, enhance the aesthetic of the property, and save you money in the long run.

Autumn is one of the best times of the year in California to mix things up in the garden, which means there’s still tons of time to start the planning phase of a sustainable xeriscape project! Enhance your home's curb appeal by working with the gorgeous Santa Cruz climate. Visit your local gardening center for more information about how to customize irrigation and learn more about the perfect plant combinations to best suit your property's natural elements.

If you'd love to learn more about homes for sale featuring this or other alternative landscaping, please contact me and I'd be happy to arrange a showing!

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