The water on earth is mostly salt water. It cannot be used for drinking water or for crops, gardens, or lawns. The majority of freshwater is frozen water in glaciers at the polar ice caps. These two factors mean the freshwater on the rest of the planet for plants and drinking is limited. As the world population grows water into a precious resource that is important for our survival. Freshwater costs money. The price keeps going up and up. Along those lines, in places like Albuquerque, NM, a high desert community in the southwest, water is one of its most valuable resources.
Because of the reasons mentioned so far it is imperative we determine ingenious but workable methods that do not cost a lot to conserve water. This needs to be done to save water, one of our planet’s most precious resources and save money in the long and short term.
For Albuquerque landscaping companies, gardeners, and homeowners, one method and can be implemented to save both water and money is xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is landscaping with low water plants and flowers combined with intricate rock, decorative rock and features laid out in stunning designs in place of traditional heavy water use grass lawns. It is a fact that xeriscaping lowers water use through the installation of gardens, lawns and landscaping at homes and commercial building locations. Albuquerque, NM, is a xeriscaping hotspot. This method of landscaping has been used in the community going back to the 1980’s. It takes a good plan, and investment and hard work to install a xeriscape into a property. It will eventually save the owner immensely in the weeks, months, and years to come on their water bill.
What Kind of Plants are Used in Xeriscaping?
In Albuquerque xeriscaping the plants and flowers that will thrive are the ones that are native to the mountain high desert. These plants are available at local Albuquerque NM plant nurseries like Paynes and big box home improvement retailers like Home Depot, and Lowes. Be sure to check online for plants native to the high altitude and dry climate of Albuquerque, NM. If it turns you that you do not like the native plants that grow in the area for your new xeriscape project. Pick plants that will work in the Albuquerque, NM, climate and altitude, but will not threaten the area because the plants is the invasive type that will due harm to the environment or to your home or neighbors home.
Make the Most of Mother Nature’s Natural Resources – Rain
Albuquerque xeriscaping can be supported water wise with the annual rain fall the community receives each year. If there is a drought then that reliance will need to be augmented with an irrigation system along with other natural methods. Climate change has created the necessity of creating ways to get water out to the plants if rain fall does not occur. Capturing rainwater in troughs or getting it from nearby streams is one method that might work. Setting up container or other water capturing devices throughout a yard and then distributing it from there is another way. These days homeowners set up systems to collect gray water from water use inside the home and rain barrels are also set up under rain gutter spouts and roof waterspouts (known as canales in New Mexico) to collect water. The water from both of sources is used to water the plants in a xeriscaped yard. All of these methods will save money on a Albuquerque homeowners’ water bill because each of these sources of water is free.
Using a strategy of creating a written design with each plant and irrigation laid out for your xeriscape landscaping of your Albuquerque home is the best way to create design that will look amazing and thrive for years to come. A xeriscaped yard may not seem real beforehand, but once all the plants are installed and properly mulched and irrigation is setup you will have a stunning yard that does not need much water, it will not take much work and it will not cost much to maintain. Saving money on your water bill and saving water in the process can be achieved by using the advice feature here. Xeriscaping may be just the ticket you have been look for to beautify your Albuquerque home, help the earth through water conservation and save money in the short and long run.