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Imagine never mowing the grass of your lawn again… because it’s not there. And I don’t mean because you’ve just stopped maintaining the lawn… I’m squirreling into a different concept… xeriscaping! Xeriscaping is eco-friendly landscaping that reduces water use by up to 75 percent. Wherever you live, but especially if you’re in the wonderful weather of South Texas, it is important to be conscious of your water usage.
Xeriscaping will be different in different locations, but also can be different within the same area. The idea is to create an area of low- and no-water yards. In its place, you’d plant biodiverse pollinator gardens, hardy ground covers, or simply unfussy native plants. Some municipalities are even beginning to offer rebates for homeowners that remove lawn grass.
It can be tough to replace the whole lawn with rock, native plants, and groundcovers, so don’t be afraid to enlist the help of gardening center specialists if you’re going to take on a big change. Just as terrifying in Texas, you must be cognizant of what types of critters will make their home in an area filled with native plants. Consult specialists to decide what type of space would be right for your family, keeping in mind that snakes also love a nice sheltered natural spot to hide in.
Check into these ideas from my list of favorites for hardy and native options in Texas and see what might help you conserve some water!
Larger Bushes & Shrubs
-Woolly Butterfly Bush
-Mealy Blue Sage