Help a gardening novice xeriscape his yard
June 29, 2008 11:38 AM Subscribe
I'd like to landscape my yard in a way that requires very little maintenance and water.
posted by medpt to home & garden (16 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Here is my ideal scenario (I know very little about gardening, so tell me if my thinking is preposterous):
I plant a bunch of plants that look pretty nice and live for years & years. They happily subsist on sunlight and rainfall; I never have to water them. I prune them occasionally when they've grown too much, but in general my yard looks pretty good and I never have to think about it.
Right now, we have grass (maybe 25x25 feet in the front and bit more in back) which requires regular mowing and watering in the summer. I find these tasks tedious and I don't like the waste of water. I'd be interested in replacing the grass with something that requires less water; but if there aren't any good alternatives, then perhaps a sprinkler system, which distributes water automatically and efficiently, would be the way to go.
I'm interested in first-hand advice on specific plants to buy, and recommendations of books, magazines, etc. Also, if you have experience hiring a professional landscaper (especially in my area) I would like to hear about it.
I live in Austin.