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Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping style that requires little to no irrigation.  We use a series of drought tolerant plants, dry cobble stone riverbeds, and boulder outcroppings. Xeriscaping is especially great for arid regions with little rainfall and can help conserve precious resources. We specialize in creating beautiful outdoor spaces that use minimal water, while still providing an enjoyable outdoor experience!

Let us help you create a custom landscape design that fits your individual needs and will require minimal upkeep. Contact us today to get started! Our team of professionals are experts in the fields of xeriscaping, hardscapes and outdoor living spaces. We offer consultation services to help you determine the best course of action for your landscaping needs. Contact us today to get started! 

Xeriscaping is not only an attractive way to landscape, but it also helps conserve  water, soil and energy. We use low-maintenance plants that are native to the area as well as mulching and other materials to retain moisture and reduce evaporation. This can help reduce your water bill by up to 50%!  We also specialize in hardscapes, such as paver patios, retaining walls and stone walks. Hardscaping adds value and beauty to your home while providing a functional space for outdoor living. We can help you design and create the perfect outdoor retreat that meets your specific needs. 

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We offer a variety of services to help you get the most out of your outdoor space. From design to installation, we are here to help you create a unique oasis that not only looks great but is tailored to your needs. We provide creative solutions for any budget and can help bring your vision to life. Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s get started on making your dreams a reality. 

We are passionate about our work and strive to provide the highest quality of service available. Our team is highly experienced in outdoor landscaping design and construction, so you can rest assured knowing that your project will be completed with skill and precision. We take pride in completing each job on time and within budget while ensuring that all of our clients are 100% satisfied with the end product. 

Our goal is to provide you with a truly unique outdoor living space that you will love for years to come. With our vast array of services, endless creativity and attention-to-detail, we can help turn your dreams into reality. 

Front Yard Xeriscaping

Flowering Drought Tolerant Zone 4 Plants

To achieve the main goal of finding plants that can withstand both winter cold and summer's dry heat, it is also desirable to make the area attractive and appealing to pollinators like butterflies and bees. One effective approach is to choose native plants, which are often the most suitable for drought tolerance as they have already adapted to local temperature fluctuations. However, if you opt for non-native plants, it is crucial to be selective and ensure they are hardy to zone 4. To add vibrant colors to your zone 4 garden, here are some beautiful ideas:

Top Xeriscaping Plants We Like the Most


Yarrow : A long-blooming summer perennial with feathery foliage and a variety of pastel colors, from white to yellow, orange, pink.  2 to 24 inches tall with full sun.  It can tolerate some shade and is adaptable to a variety of soil types. Yarrow requires little maintenance and does not spread rampantly, making it an excellent choice for borders or edging. The flowers provide nectar for butterflies. Deadhead the spent flower stalks to encourage reblooming throughout the season. This drought-tolerant perennial often self-sows, making it an excellent choice for gardens that don't receive regular watering. In autumn, the leaves turn a golden yellow. Yarrow's flowers also make lovely cut flowers and dried arrangements. Plant in masses to create a stunning focal point in any garden or landscape.



Agastache:  This tall showy perennial features spikes of long-lasting brightly colored flowers in shades of purple, pink, yellow and white. Agastache are usually tall plants and their lengthy stalks show best at the back of a perennial border or lining a fence. 2 to 6 ft tall. Full sun, blooms late summer to early fall. Deer resistant and attract butterflies. Hardy in zones 6-9.

Agastache are prized for their aromatic foliage as much as the color of their flowers. With a light spicy scent reminiscent of mint or licorice, they bring great interest even when not in bloom!

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Barberry: These shrubs offer lush foliage in shades of green with a vibrant pop of bright red berries that last through winter. 

Viburnum: Large clusters of white blossoms arrive in late

Catmint

Ice Plant

Russian Sage

Prairie Coneflower

Creeping Western Sandcherry

Blazing Star

Beardtongue

hood's phlox

Bee Balm

Lupine

Blanket Flower

Columbine

Coreopsis

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Xeriscaping Projects

Curb Side Xeriscaping

The Curb Side Xeriscaping

This project involved removing over 12,000 sq ft of sod and replacing it with xeriscaping.   The Xeriscaping included over 25 ton of moss boulders, 26 ton of 3/4" fractured granite chips, 15 ton of 4-8" cobble stone, and over 100 drought tolerant plants.

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7 Steps to Xeriscaping

We offer a variety of services to help you get the most out of your outdoor space. From design to installation, we are here to help you create a unique oasis that not only looks great but is tailored to your needs. We provide creative solutions for any budget and can help bring your vision to life. Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s get started on making your dreams a reality.

1. Start With a Plan

Before you start digging or planting anything, it is essential to have a plan. Xeriscaping is all about being intentional and mindful of the available resources. Start by identifying which areas in your yard receive full sun or partial shade and plan your plants accordingly. You can also create hardscape features like walkways, patio spaces, or outdoor living areas using locally-sourced materials like gravel, flagstone, or pavers. Once you have a plan, sketch it out on paper or use online planning tools like Plan-a-Garden, Garden Visualizer, or SketchUp.

2. Evaluate Your Soil

To ensure that your plants thrive in your xeriscape yard, you need to test your soil’s quality. Soil testing is essential in identifying any mineral deficiencies, pH levels, or soil composition that could affect your plants' growth and survival. You can purchase a soil testing kit online or at your local gardening store. The results will help you determine if you need to add any amendments, like compost, manure, or organic matter, to improve your soil's quality.

3. Pick the Right Plants

Choosing plants that are suitable for your climate, soil type, and watering needs is the foundation of xeriscaping. The goal is to select drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, and native plants that require less water and care. Succulents, cacti, ornamental grasses, and shrubs like lavender, yucca, sage, and native wildflowers are perfect for xeriscape yards. You can group them together according to their water and sunlight needs and plant them in zones or beds. Mulching around your plants with a layer of gravel, rock, or wood chips also helps retain moisture in the soil and reduces weed growth.

4. Use Efficient Irrigation Systems

Water is a precious resource, especially in arid regions. Installing efficient irrigation systems like drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or micro-sprinklers helps reduce water loss due to evaporation, overspray, or runoff. These systems deliver water directly to your plants' roots, reducing water use by up to 50%, and ensuring uniform watering across your yard. You can also invest in weather-based controllers that adjust the water output based on your yard's weather conditions, saving you more money on your water bills.

5. Go Native

Incorporating native plants in your xeriscape yard not only conserves water but also creates natural habitats for local wildlife. Native plants are adapted to your region's climate, soil, and water conditions, making them more resilient to pests, diseases, and weather fluctuations. They also support biodiversity by attracting birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to your yard. You can use online native plant finders like Audubon's Native Plant Database, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, or Xerces Society's Pollinator-Friendly Plant Lists to find suitable native plants for your area.

6. Focus on Functionality

Xeriscaping is all about creating functional, practical, and low-maintenance outdoor spaces. Consider adding outdoor living areas like patios, decks, or pergolas to your yard to allow you to enjoy your xeriscape yard even more. You can also incorporate raised beds, vegetable gardens, or herb gardens to grow your food sustainably. To prevent soil erosion on slopes or hills, use terracing, contouring, or retaining walls made from natural materials like rocks or logs.

7. Maintenance is Key

Once you have xeriscaped your yard, it's essential to keep up with maintenance to ensure your yard stays beautiful and healthy. Regular tasks like pruning, weeding, deadheading, and mulching help protect your plants from diseases and pests, improve soil quality, and enhance your yard's aesthetic appeal. You should also adjust your watering schedule based on changing weather conditions, so your plants don't suffer from over or under-watering.

Conclusion:

Xeriscaping is a sustainable and cost-effective landscaping solution that benefits both the environment and your wallet. By following these seven simple steps, you can create a beautiful, low-maintenance, and water-efficient yard that supports local wildlife and conserves water. With a little planning, research, and creativity, you can transform your yard into a functional and practical outdoor living space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. So, take the first step today and start xeriscaping! 

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