Other terms such as: water-conserving landscaping, drought-tolerant landscaping, and smart scaping are used instead of the term xeriscaping; however, they essentially all have the same concept in mind. The use of plants whose natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate is emphasized, and care is taken to avoid losing water to evaporation and runoff. Xeriscaping is different from natural landscaping, because the emphasis in xeriscaping is on selection of plants for water conservation, not necessarily selecting native plants.
Not everyone understands that xeriscaping is more than just cacti and gravel. Xeriscaping produces greenspaces that require low amounts of maintenance and irrigation, and promote biodiversity as well as providing beauty to your landscape. Yes, drought tolerant plants do not have to be ugly! Outsidepride offers beautiful flowers, wildflowers, ornamental grass, ground covers, herbs, lawn and native grasses which are all resistant to drought.
It is estimated within the U.S. in hot, dry climates that 75% of a households' water is used to irrigate lawns and landscaping. Everyone is aware that our climate is changing and current conditions have increased the frequency of droughts, impacting the availability of fresh drinking water. Xeriscaping helps preserve water for people and animals as it is more reliant on natural rainfall and minimal maintenance when compared to traditional landscaping. Several studies have concluded that xeriscaping can reduce outdoor irrigation by 60% which will greatly reduce your water bill.