a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Xeriscape

A/Z - an easy X for me

X - Xeriscape

Xeriscape is VERY popular here.  This is the front yard of our house.  As you can see, trees and plants, shrubs, and rocks.



No grass.  It makes perfect sense with water conservation, especially since this is considered a high desert.



They even put inserts into the water bill on water smart trees and shrubs.



Not that I would know any of the names of the trees and shrubs in our neighborhood.  They are low maintenance though. 



There are "normal" neighborhoods here that have green grass yards, mostly I think the older homes. Most of the newer ones are going with xeriscape.  

I like the low maintenance of it, but also like green grass.  Since we are renting, "all" we are responsible for is removing weeds and leaves when they fall off the tree come fall. The owner is responsible for maintaining the shrubs, trees, etc. There is a drip system for watering, can't quite figure out how it works. Not sprinklers like we have had at other places we've lived, but tubing here and there that water drips from, not sure how long it drips when it is on, but I'm thinking the plants must not need a lot of water.

What about you? Xeriscape or luscious green grass?

48 comments:

EcoCatLady said...

Ha! I just wrote a post about my xeriscape. Apparently xeriscape in Denver is much different from Arizona - I suppose that's to be expected. Gravel generally doesn't do well here unless you're willing to pour gallons of weed killer on it because weeds inevitably grow in the dirt that gathers between the rocks. Is it too dry there for even the weeds to grow or do they have to use lots of weed killer there too?

Eileen T said...

I've learnt a new word today!

I don't have a preference. I used to have a lawn but had it removed and the gravel laid to replace it for ease of maintenance. However, the planting I've chosen needs plenty of watering - but I live in the UK, not an arid region.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I have to admit I have never heard of Xeriscape before :) It seems like a great idea for low water areas. I have to say, though, I'm still a grass person :).
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Maria Zannini said...

I like green, but not necessarily lawn grass.

We have enough rainfall to provide for both though, so I guess I'll have to keep mowing.

Bijoux said...

I never knew that was the word for it. I think both grass and a desert landscape has beauty. I love cacti, but I also love lush flowery bushes.

Wendy said...

It's all about a lush lawn here in Virginia. Maintaining it is non-stop but it's just part of life here. I can't imagine a yard of rocks although I wouldn't miss the maintenance of grass. Another aspect of xeriscape is selecting the right plants for the area, so it annoys me to see palm trees and banana trees in Virginia. We aren't in the tropics!

lyndagrace said...

We have green. It’s not really grass though. Well, I mean not purely grass. It’s a mixture of grass and some kind of look a like grass which is really a weed.
I have to say, I prefer the gravel. But we have to conform in our community, so grassy weeds is what we’re stuck with.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a new word for me too. It makes sense to landscape like that though when you live where you do. I love the green grass of Ohio. We don't usually have a water shortage here.

Lynn Proctor said...

I have never heard this word!- I like a mix of grass and other landscaping tricks!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Green grass here, but Indiana is a pretty wet state... I love the concept of xeriscaping however.

Pat Hatt said...

I don't mind green grass, but not having it would mean no mowing. That is a perk

Stephanie Faris said...

Everything's green, green, green here in Tennessee. it's pretty to look at but in neighborhoods, it means usually at least one of your neighbors isn't mowing his lawn for weeks at a time. At least you don't have to worry about that there!

Intense Guy said...

Green for me - but then, I don't live in the desert where things are different!

Linda said...

First I've heard of the word was from you. Makes sense for a desert region but I would definitely miss the green lawns and playing in the grass. I think green has taken on new meaning as sustainable gets emphasized. Good for the city to educate on trees and shrubs.

Chrys Fey said...

I couldn't image not having grass. You can't roll around on stones. Ouch!

Paula Kaye said...

My youngest son always wanted a yard with just rocks....he never wanted to mow the lawn again when he grew up. He lives in an apartment now so he doesn't have to

Sara said...

I live in Southern California, so while I love green landscape (think Ireland), I think we'll be switching to a more drought resistant landscape before too long. I found you through the A-Z Challenge. Thanks for the new word!

Ruth said...

Grass is nice, but so is rock. I think it makes more sense to have rock in desert areas. We have a rock garden. I is nice not having to mow that area.

Keith's ramblings said...

Very very green here! I've never heard that word before!
Keith's Ramblings

Linda said...

"Xeriscape" is my new word for the day. I have never known the word before. In Wisconsin everyone has lawns. Not that they are always luscious and green.
In the cities and towns many people water their lawns extensively.

susie said...

I wouldn't call it luscious, but it's grass! :)

Jo said...

Never heard of xeriscape before. I do like to see grass but then I have never had to mow it and these days, living in an apartment, hubby doesn't have to mow it either.

Jerralea said...

I've never heard of Xeriscape, either. I do love the idea of never having to mow, but I would really miss grass. Do nearby parks have grass?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We have a big lawn and never water. When visiting my son in Colorado Springs I saw many homes landscaped like yours but I never knew the name for it.

Birgit said...

I love grass but we will change the one side of our home to this X (I can't recall how to spell it-lol) The grass is a tiny strip and no lawnmower can get in between so last year my hubby to the shears to it-crazy! So we will place nice stones on the side

Nick Wilford said...

Yeah, the desert's the place to do it. We have a little strip on each side of our driveway which were both grass but last year we laid one side as pebbles and made a little fairy garden - it didn't fare too well over the winter though.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Oh my gosh! I thought I would be the only one with Xeriscape for X! I had to stretch, though, and relate the word to my productivity theme. :)

Yvonne

Sharon said...

Well, I've always been used to grass. When I was growing up, my dad always planted dichondra. Stupid grass - he'd never let us play on it because it was so fragile!! (Though once we cheated and played Slip 'n Slide on it while he was at work!)

Now, up in the mountains, the house is surrounded by gravel. I like it. It's natural and provides a good firebreak for us. So, evidently I'm a naturalist now - dirt, gravel, trees, boulders - this is my *land*scaping!!

Xeriscape - never heard of it. Sounds x-actly perfect for the desert though!

:-)

J E Oneil said...

I had not heard of xeriscape before, so that's a cool new word to know. I think I'd like the xeriscape, but I hate mowing lawns :)

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I might miss the grass a little, but I love the clean, organized look of the xerascape. Great X word!

Sunni said...

I live in the high desert and we have both, although only a small lawn in front and back to soften all the rocks. The rest of the yard is xeroscape. A lawn is very hard to keep going in the desert. Plants that need little water thrive here.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Xeriscape would look funny here but I would be all for it if I lived in the desert.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We have been talking about changing up our front yard. We have a small amount of grass there. The back yard is mainly rocks, stepping stones, patios and ground cover areas. I have always liked the looks of the yards in Arizona.

Chatty Crone said...

Boy that is a huge difference but i think my husband would love that! lol Very interesting thanks for explaining it - love to learn things like that.

Liz A. said...

I'm not a fan of grass.

TARYTERRE said...

My once lush green grass has all turned brown. I think xeriscape would work for me just fine.

DMS said...

I learned a new word! I do like seeing grass, but I think the gravelly landscape makes sense in areas with little rain. It does look low maintenance! :)
~Jess

Mevely317 said...

Have you time for one more?
Yes, we’re in the same situation. Silly me, I thought the Xeriscape would be a foolproof weed deterrent. Maybe they’re just more obvious against the gray rocks?

At least Tom had the good sense to put down grass in half our back-yard … but neither of us are ‘yard’ people, so that’s suffered, as well.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I'd never heard the word xeriscape before today, but your blog is the second one I've read about it this evening. It seems interesting. I'm assuming there's less mowing involved.

We get a lot of rain here, so we have very lush green grass. I think it's pretty (green is one of my favorite colors) and I don't mind mowing it as long as I keep up with it and it doesn't get too tall/thick.

jack69 said...

We have some grass and some dirt where grass will not grow under the huge oak.
I see the 'No-Grass' lawns in Florida. I can like them. The xeriscape wouldn't go too well here in NC, Florida it does because of he seasonal living. No maintenance of grass while away.
Good entry and informative.

Veronica Lee said...

I've never heard of the word xeriscape either!

The good thing about staying in a condo is I don't have to worry about mowing yet I can enjoy the greenery around me.
Our landscaped garden is maintained by the management.

Beverly Fox said...

Seems very wise to avoid plants that require a lot of water. Plus the pebbles have a slightly zen-garden feel to them.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Okay, so now I'm feeling guilty for the grass I have, but I do like the xeriscape!!

Kat said...

Well, ya learn something new every day. I didn't know Xeriscape was the name for that style of landscaping. Very cool. And very original for X. Well done!

netablogs said...

I like the look of xeriscape, and think a combination in a yard is nice. I think everyone needs to experience the feel of grass under their barefeet on a regular basis!

Stormie Kent said...

I like the look of xeriscape and I think it is pretty smart, too.

Claire Annette said...

We are getting ready to rip out our luscious lawn and plant a drought loving yard. thanks for the inspiration.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

lawww...Ole Boy and those neighbors of mine wouldn't know how to act if they didn't have jungles to work in/on every week. There are a couple of houses around town who have a lot of rocks/pebbles in their yards, and it is pretty...but I like my grass. (Maybe more so because *I* don't mow it. lolz)