As a follow-up to last weeks post about our landscape team and their recommendations for landscape design in Calgary, the following discussion addresses Xeriscaping in further detail and describes how this may be used for efficient and sustainable design.
The term Xeriscape literally means “dry landscape.” Xeriscape landscaping, by definition, is landscaping designed specifically for areas that receive little water, or for sites where water conservation is practiced and it can be used as a method of sustainable design. The most effective way to achieve this is to use native plants that are well adapted to the local soil and climate conditions of our area and therefore require less water, allowing water requirements to be met largely by rainfall. Drought tolerant native planting requires less water, and a reduced need for nutrients. In turn, this reduces the need for fertilizer. Plants with similar watering and care needs can be grouped together in beds with organic mulching. A mulch layer that decays slowly will add more nutrients to the soil and allow more of the natural precipitation to be held as a source of moisture, increasing survival rates and reducing weed growth and maintenance requirements.