Plan for Watering Needs

In addition to all the above water-saving tips, plan for efficient irrigation.

  • Group plants according to water needs to simplify hand-watering and protect drought-hardy plants that might rot with too much water.
  • Consider a drip irrigation system that reaches roots without wasting water on mulch or rocks.
  • Terrace steep slopes to soak in rainwater rather than letting precipitation run downhill and out of the yard.

Every step of the xeriscape process should focus on native, low-water plants while creating beauty and diversity.