As population centers grow there is a subsequent increase in the demands of infrastructure. Roads, highways, utilities and water supplies must meet the incoming population. Water is one of the resources today that is becoming increasingly scarce and some areas are in some rather serious droughtxeriscaping situations. A community might get by with a bad road system but it can’t survive at all without water, right?

Some municipalities are imposing higher water rates when water usage exceeds a certain amount each month to encourage saving water. When you’re building your next investment property you can save on water bills with a nod to the environment by xeriscaping instead laying down turf, shrubs and flowers.

Xeriscaping doesn’t have to fit any particular design mold. Instead, a xeriscape has a job to do—save water. Not only does xeriscaping save water but it a xeriscaped lawn requires less maintenance as there’s no lawn to mow or water. You’ll be saving on other lawn maintenance costs as well such as fertilizers and sprinkler systems. Xeriscaping isn’t a look it’s a function.

When first looking at your lot, make note of where water runoff currently occurs. Instead of runoff, you want to keep that water on your property to be used by the plants you supply. When designing your xeriscape, take advantage of any existing shade on the property and keep your plants in the shaded areas where they will use less water. Use only local, drought resistant plants and keep any grassy areas to a minimum.

Take advantage of designing with rocks and gravel. Your materials store will have a wide selection of gravel types, shapes and colors. A lighter colored gravel will retain less heat, keeping moisture in the soil and from evaporating.

Xeriscaping is a clean canvas. You can build anything you’d like in any shape. Just understand the contour of the lot and at every step think “water conservation.” Keep the area as naturally cool as possible, reduce watering and monitor your progress.