In Greek, xeros means dry, so has the meaning as a xeriscape garden that requires very little water.
Ideally, xeriscape gardens still need water, although it’s fewer in number than the park generally. Plants that use native plants were still living in an area, say the area has a normal rainfall.
Here’s a short tip for making a successful xeriscape garden:
1. Identify the nature of the park area
Spend some time time to observe the existing area. How climate conditions in the area, how dry and how the water source for splash of water. Imagine if certain plants are in the area. Imagine all the activities that can be done in the park, including maintenance activities. Determine the design in accordance with the needs of existing and potential.
2. Perform soil improvement
There are places that are too hot and there is shaded. In addition there is also the land to be inundated by water in a long time, whether it is inundated by rain water or water left watering the garden. Soil drainage repairs done by make an appropriate drainage system. It’s also important to see whether the addition of compost to the soil surface can inhibit the evaporation of water and increase soil fertility.
3. Choose plants that require less water than usual
The species is not only limited to cactus or succulent plant, but also can use other types of plants that require less water than other types. The main requirement in the selection of plants is a type of local plant or keep growing, in the neighborhood.
And the existence of this park can be combined with the general type of garden that require more water as long as we can fit the design harmony between them.
The types of plants that can be used, among others: Groundcover species: Aloe sp., Lantana sp., Plumbago zeylanica, Zamia furfuraceae, and others. Types of Shrubs: Euphorbia sp.; Sansevieria sp.; Adenium sp.; Agave spp.; Alamanda schotti; Gardenia volkensii; Hibiscus sp.; Kalanchoe spp.; Jasminum sambac; Nolina recurvata; Portulacaria afra; Plumbago auriculata; Nerium oleander, and other . Tree Type: Bauhinia sp; Caesalpinia pulcherrima; Dracaena sp; Ficus carica; Ficus macrophylla; Ficus palmeri; Ipomea arborescens; Morinda citrifolia; Delonix regia; Erythrina sp.; Equiseifolia Casuarina, and others.
4. Carefully placed and make the grass area
How and where the grass was placed in a garden can significantly reduce the amount of water required at the time of irrigation. The presence of grass also requires more water and maintenance than other plants. But if we do grouping of grass can also increase the efficiency of water use regular watering. And do not forget, choose a resistant type of grass with a sandy or solid condition and drought in the period of time long enough.
5. Use of other park elements
Another element that can be used a decorative sand or gravel for a dry garden, or a variety of ornamental rock garden, which serves as both steps stone, tumbled stone, and others. There are no restrictions in the choice of elements other than plants. As long as they do not require much water and still be able to drain the water and can inhibit the evaporation of water from the soil, type of element can be used.
6. Perform appropriate maintenance
Appropriate maintenance activities include splash water appropriate and efficient, watering schedule and how long to splash, providing mulch, providing organic fertilizer, and others. The goal is a state park remain fertile but clean.
It’s easy isn’nt it?