Xeriscape Landscaping for Dry Climate

Xeriscaping areas with dry climates is a landscaping technique that requires various techniques including proper plant selection, soil types, composts, mulch and plant placement. Here are some tips you can keep in mind when trying out a xeriscape project of your own.

  1. Because water conservation is your first issue, you might want to choose and grow plants that do not require more water than what your climate can naturally provide. The best way is to use native plants that do not require extra watering and soil amendments and can survive with what your environment can provide.
  2. Soil type is another important factor to consider when planning to xeriscape. Use soil that can retain more water so that you don’t have to water very often. You might have to put extra work on this because you need to replace the soil you have on your yard because areas with hot climate usually have dry soil that absorb to much water.
  3. Composting is a very useful technique when xeriscaping. This can improve the quality of the soil with minimal cost on expensive soil amendments. The natural bacteria and fungi in compost helps soil both conserve water and give nutrients to the plants. Aeration is improved when soil is composted and this allows for better water absorption and retention, which is very crucial when landscaping in dry areas.
  4. Another helpful technique that can be used to conserve water or xeriscaping is through mulching. Mulch provides a barrier to the burning desert sun that can dry the soil and cause it to lose water through evaporation. Despite having a dry climate, good quality soil combined with mulch can help in saving water to as much as fifty percent.
  5. Grouping plants according to their water needs in your yard can be of big help in conserving water too. When planning your xeriscaping design, make sure to place plants with greatest water consumption nearest to the water source, while those that need minimal water can be far from the source.
  6. Having a proper watering method can also help when landscaping on dry climate. There are actually two ways you can do this. First is by using a drip system for plants with minimum water needs. Sprinklers, on the other hand, can be used to water plants with more water needs.
  7. Watering on the right time of the day is also something to be remembered by people when xeriscaping. The best time to water plants is when temperature is not too high and wind is not blowing that much. This way, evaporation is minimal. Avoid watering during midday when the sun is highest and the temperature is hottest.

These are just some tips to do proper xeriscaping. You can always add your own techniques. Just always remember the first rule of xeriscaping: minimize water use. Happy xeriscaping!

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Why Patio Fire Pits are Nice Landscaping Addition

Fire pits are actually very beneficial in many places like campsites, the back yard, the deck, hunting cabin, fair sites and jamboree grounds. Not only does it offer heat on very cold nights, but as a way where family and friends can gather around when for some good old fun time. But how exactly can a fire pit be advantageous as part of a simple yard as an additional landscaping feature? Let’s find out.

A fire pit in your own back yard can definitely be a good addition in the landscape. Whether that means your deck or your backyard camping site, having it in such a handy location can provide lots of hours of enjoyment for years to come. Family gathering can center around it, kids can gather with friends around it or couples can enjoy some romantic snuggle time by the fire side. When there is a power outage, patio fire pit can serve as lighting and heating for the family as well. You might as well be eating supper around the fire and enjoy the quiet night. Fire pits are not just for fun, they serve practical purposes as well.

Other household chores like cooking can definitely be simplified by using the fire pit. No need to buy separate outdoor cooking equipments or to lug around a portable stove when you want to have a picnic out back in the yard. If properly constructed, they can also serve as mom’s outside oven.

Having a fire pit in the yard can also help the health of the family. Insects like mosquitoes and flies won’t have anything to do with you and your kids when you have a big fire burning out back. Diseases caused by these insects can definitely be prevented easily.

Having your very own patio fire pit certainly have many advantages for you and your family. The atmosphere, the warmth and the conveniences are great. But the best thing is all the memory with the family you can have by just having this simple landscaping feature.

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Guide to Building a Flagstone Patio

A flagstone patio is a very nice addition to a landscape design. Not only does it look very elegant just like brick or cement patios, they also have that natural look that gives it its appeal. And unlike wood patios or decks, longevity is not a problem because you eliminate common problems such as rotting, damages, weathering and staining.

To build your very own flagstone patios, you need some basic materials and tools that you can certainly buy from your local landscaping or home improvement stores. Materials you’ll need include gravel (preferably crushed granite), course sand (for paving), flagstone, 2×4 boards, metal or plastic edging, landscaping cloth, biodegradable ground marking spray paint and landscape edging of stone or plastic. Some of the tools you can use are wheelbarrow, flat spade, round shovel, metal rake, level, leveler, tamper, water hose, chisel, mallet, gloves, safety goggles, steel toe boots and a broom. You might also need at least one assistant to help you with the heavy tasks.

After preparing the tools and materials you need, just follow these basic steps in constructing your very own flagstone patio:

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