Salt Lake City Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping and gardening that aims to reduce the use of additional irrigation and watering. Xeriscaping is a combination of the Greek word xeros meaning “dry” and landscaping. This type of gardening is also known as xerogardening, water conserving landscapes, drought tolerant landscaping, zeroscaping, and smart scaping.

Xeriscaping has many benefits. It is a great way to conserve water, since across the United States more than half of water consumed is used to water lawns and gardens. Because it reduces the need for additional water, it also makes the job of the gardener easier leaving more time for planting, pruning, and weeding. Xeriscaping can also decrease the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and other dangerous chemicals. Property values rise because of the beauty this feature adds to the yard.

The first step to xeriscaping is beginning to conserve water. Planting native trees and plants will reduce water use.  Some good plant options that require little water include agave, cactus, lavender, and juniper. When placing your plants, consider the drain patterns of your land as well as the water needs of your plants. Young plants require a lot of water as they grow, so increase the number of mature plants in your yard and garden. Pruning your plants of dying blooms will increase their beauty while decreasing water consumption.

Terraces help reduce the erosion of soil and may be as small as 3 inches or as big as you wish. This will help keep water from running off of your plants. You will want to use a decorative feature such as a rock wall or timbers to preserve the terrace as well as and add visual appeal.

Reduce the amount of turf in your yard because it requires a lot of water. Select a turf well suited to your climate and place it in easy to mow areas. Kentucky Bluegrass, Snow in Summer, Creeping Potentilla, and Goldmoss Sedum are some excellent water conserving turf options. This not only makes lawn care easier on you, it will also allow you to use a more environmentally friendly option to maintain it, such as a reel mower. Place shrubs and trees near the house for natural heating and cooling. They can also serve as windbreakers to combat wind erosion.

Improving soil quality will help your xeriscaping efforts. Ultimately the soil should drain quickly while also storing water. Keep the soil well aerated and rich with organic material. Compost is perfect for adding organic material to the soil for most plants. Placing mulch on top of the soil will help it store moisture and will add organic material as it breaks down. For best results, mulch should be several inches thick.

Set up an irrigation system to help conserve water as well as your energy. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems are perfect options. These systems reduce water evaporation by placing the water directly by the roots of the plants. They also reduce evaporation and erosion while increasing absorption by releasing the water slowly. The best time of day to water is early in the morning.

This blog post is provided by All States Landscaping located in Salt Lake City, Utah. All States Landscaping offers a wide variety of landscaping services for clients across Utah including water features, retaining walls, decorative rock, as well as decks and gazebos. They can be contacted by phone at (801)571-7336 or by email at