At first take, the problems of desert landscaping can seem insurmountable — few climates can
compare to the desert for odds to overcome. Lack of water is the most obvious problem,
but not the only one. Overnight temperatures in the desert can be quite cool, which
delays the ripening of many crops that need heat twenty-four hours a day.
Strong winds break seedlings and rob the soil of any moisture it might have accumulated from winter snow. Despite all this, there are ways to create a thriving desert garden.
DESERT LANDSCAPING BASICS
Efficient desert landscaping — also called xeriscaping — utilizes native, water-efficient
plants that conserve water by eliminating the
need for constant watering of lawns. Shaping the land (creating slopes) to make
the best use of the rainfall, grouping plants of similar water
requirements together, and installing an efficient irrigation system are also important factors.
PLANT CHOICE – GO NATIVE TO SAVE WATER, MONEY, AND EFFORT.
Choosing arid-adapted plants saves not only water, but lowers maintenance and energy
costs, as well. Because deserts differ their exact temperatures, amounts of rainfall,
and soil types, what you plant will depend on the specific conditions in your region.
For example, the Las Vegas Valley receives three to five times less rainfall
and reaches temperatures some forty degrees so each area requires different plants. Keep in mind that most xeriscape literature is aimed at Mohave Desert climates.
Remember that even the most drought-resistant native plants need
more frequent watering during their first few years. This helps them establish the extensive root system that will see them through when rain is scarce.
Choosing the right xeric plants will also attract native butterflies and birds. Keep in mind, though, that typical hummingbird and butterfly gardens require more water and care that a typical xeriscape garden, so you may need to be creative in choosing your plants.
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