Take on Xeriscape Landscaping
Posted by: Erika Green on August 16, 2020
If you live in a dryer climate, you’ve probably heard of the xeriscaping trend. But xeriscaping is starting to make its way into other regions due to the focus on water conservation. What exactly is xeriscape landscaping? It’s a landscaping technique with a goal of conserving water, which makes it ideal for dry climates with little rainfall during the year.
Of course, a xeriscape garden or full landscaping plan has even more benefits like improving soil by using compost, reducing the size of lawns that require excessive water and prioritizing native plants. A xeriscape design also uses mulch in an effective way to retain moisture and limit watering. So, whether you want to take on a full landscaping project or just create a smaller xeriscape garden, we’ve got easy steps and rental equipment to help get the job done.
Rent What You Need to Get More Done
From a small garden to a full xeriscape front yard project, these rentals will help make the job easier:
- Mini skid steer: This piece of equipment is ideal for grading and leveling materials. It will also help you transport supplies and xeriscape plants around your property.
- Sod cutter: Xeriscaping is all about limiting heavily watered areas, so you may want to remove sod with a sod cutter.
- Wheelbarrow: This is another great option to transport heavy materials around your property, especially if you have some tight spaces that a mini skid steer can’t reach.
The Home Depot Rental is your one-stop shop for everything you need. So, while you’re renting equipment and tools, don’t forget some additional xeriscaping supplies like silt, sand or clay. Stock up on mulch and native, drought-resistant xeriscape plants, too.
A Custom Xeriscape Design in 7 Simple Steps
Step 1: Plan Like a Pro
Before you dig in, pull out the pencil and paper and draw a rough sketch of your yard. Mark all areas where you’d like to roll up sod and create beds for xeriscape plants. Have a list of native plants on hand that you’d like to feature in your xeriscape design, and group plants together with similar water needs.
Step 2: Choose Your Plants
When planning your xeriscape design, use mostly, if not all, plants native to your region. This will ensure the plants you choose are accustom to the average rainfall in the area and will thrive throughout the seasons. Xeriscape plants are those that are habituated to dry environments, so substitute those for plants that require a great deal of water. Don’t forget about your lawn itself. Start to replace grass with drought-resistant plants, gravel or mulch.
Step 3: Check the Slope of Your Yard
Remember, xeriscape landscaping is all about conserving water. Steep slopes create run-off and pooling water that’s valuable to plants, so it’s a critical step to level out steep slopes or channel the water run-off in some way. Using a mini skid steer or skid steer rental, grade and level the slope of your yard as much as possible (a plate compactor is another great option for areas in which you plan to use mulch or gravel). This way, natural rainfall can nourish your plants instead of pooling elsewhere.
If your yard is too steep to grade on your own, consider a smaller xeriscape garden in a level area or contact a local landscaping professional to help prep your property.
Step 4: Remove Unwanted Sod
Lawns need water to grow and thrive. If you live in a dry climate, that may mean using an irrigation system or regularly watering plants with sprinklers. But a true xeriscape design limits the use of sod that doesn’t grow naturally in certain environments. Make more room for native plants by removing sod with a sod cutter rental. Sod cutters are an easy way to cut precise lines and maneuver around existing beds and hardscaped structures.
Step 5: Prepare the Soil
If you’re a regular gardener, you probably have a pretty good idea of the quality of soil in your region. If the soil is mostly clay- or sand-based it will lose water quickly. Compost or a soil amendment can help restore and retain moisture to dry areas.
Step 6: Spread Mulch
Mulch is an essential material to xeriscape landscaping. It helps to hold in moisture and keeps plant roots cool during hot seasons. Easily haul and dump mulch around your property using your mini skid steer or wheelbarrow rental.
Step 7: Adjust Your Watering Habits
Your new xeriscape garden or yard will need quite a bit less water to grow and thrive. If you have a sprinkler system, adjust it for the new area and the water requirements for your new plants. If you planned a brand-new xeriscape design to your yard, make sure the system provides adequate coverage with little to no overlap.
The Home Depot Rental is your one-stop shop for everything you need when it comes to DIY xeriscape landscaping. Our garden centers are also the perfect place to stock up on supplies and native plants from your region to complete the project. From equipment to tool rentals, we can help you easily tackle this DIY project.