“Coping with less water”
It’s a water efficient landscape design that includes naturalized plants in an attractive way.
The prefix “xero” means dry, from greek “xeros”.
It’s a kind of gardening that optimizes available resources, specially water. A sustainable gardening that entails rationalizing and reducing the use of external resources in a garden (water, manure and phytosanitary products) by means of using native plants very adapted to the conditions of the soil, in its proper location, and with a small need for care and water.
It is a way of using native plants that have grown under local conditions without much human intervention to survive. Using local species also has boosted the desire to live more in harmony with nature instead of making nature live in harmony with us.
Growing local species are also usually accompanied by lower maintenance. Native plants are less expensive to install and usually require less fertilizers and pesticides.
Gardens with low water needs and low maintenance, due to an effective use of water: Drip emitters should be placed near trees and shrubs, allowing for low volume, deep soakings. The irrigation controllers should have independent scheduling for turf areas from those containing trees and shrubs.
An area with low irrigation does not mean a dry and colourless place. It’s not about cactuses’ gardens or without lawn, it’s about finding a balance and learning about the environment that surrounds us.
The lawn should not be the base of the design, and its extension must be limited as much as possible, always using resistant species (Cynodon dactylon, Festuca arundinacea, Stenotaphrum secundatum, Zoysia..) The greatest water consumption is always on the lawns, and should be only near areas where one lives. Less water consumptive plants such as groundcovers or mulches may be used in place of water-hungry grasses.
Mulching: enriches and protect soil, helping provide a better growing environment.
Mulching is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in the garden. Mulch is simply a protective layer of a material that is spread on top of the soil. Mulches can either be organic (such as grass clippings, straw, bark chips, and similar materials) or inorganic (such as stones),
Mulch protects the soil from erosion, reduces compaction from the impact of heavy rains, conserve moisture reducing the need for frequent waterings, maintains a more even soil temperature and prevents weed growth.
Xerogardening includes a set of advanced techniques for the creation of gardens without diminishing its decorative potential. Saving water is not the only objective, it also has an ecologic purpose because it aims for a reduced maintenance, and it tries to limit the constant use of phytosanitary products, machinery with its consequent fuel use, recycling, etc.
Whether you want to redesign an old landscape or start fresh with a new one, for xeriscaping to work, planning is a must. Existing landscapes can be altered to become more efficient, but it will take time and persistence. Consult us to prepare a plan and to coordinate the installation: We can implement it in phases if you can’t make a complete transformation at one time.
No matter what you call it: desert landscaping, water efficient landscaping or xeriscaping, just remember: In Málaga is the right thing to do! Make the most of your landscape and you will enjoy it for many years to come.