Xeriscaping-originally coined to target drought afflicted areas, it has now become the buzz word for land conservation/sustainability. The word originates from the Greek xeros meaning “dry,” the term means literally “dry landscape.” While cactus may immediately come to mind as your only option in much of Texas, there is a wealth of other plant options out there. First though, let me explain the basis of xeriscaping and benefits associated with it.
- Saves Water: This is arguably the most important aspect of the choosing to use Native plants in your outdoor area. Water has become a limited commodity.
- Less Maintenance: This immediately deserves a thumbs up right? Utilizing plants/grasses native to Texas means they are naturally adapted to the general climate and soil of the area, thus reducing maintenance.
- Economical: Because the plants used (again) are Native, less water, fertilizers, etc. are needed.
If you are interested in converting your outdoor area to encompass Native, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, a plan needs to be put in place on how you will lay out your area. You need to understand the area you are covering; slopes, natural water flow, etc. all need to be taken into consideration. There may also need to be some soil preparation depending on the plants you select.
Not sure what type of plants are Native to your area? A landscaping company or your local Extension office can help you out. Here’s a quick list of some plants that work well in Central Texas.
- Live Oak
- Crape Myrtle
- Texas Persimmon
- Texas Mountain Laurel
- Red Yucca
- Texas Lantana
- Lambs Ear
- Mexican Oregano
If you’re needing additional help planning your outdoor area, just give us a call!