Xeriscaping is a comprehensive approach to landscape design that accounts for microclimate and soil conditions on the site to create a sustainable solution. There are 7 basic principles to help you create a beautiful, sustainable landscape. To read more about how to apply these principles to your home, be sure to check out this article from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
A few small changes can make a huge difference. By changing our habits and tweaking our actions, we can use water more efficiently, lower our costs, and keep our environment happy. Even though we are in the Permian Basin, when we save water, we can help to reduce pollutant and contaminant runoff into the ground and extend the life of our sewer or septic system.
The greatest waste of water results from applying it too rapidly or too often to lawns and gardens. Water applied too rapidly is lost as runoff, which may carry polluting fertilizers and pesticides into streams and lakes. The cycle and soak method is best for reducing runoff and making sure your lawn and garden get the moisture it needs to thrive. For this method, water is applied in multiple shorter cycles. This allows the water to soak into the soil before running off, promoting deeper roots and healthier plants.