Texas is one of those states in America that has contrasting weather from average America’s weather. The weather in Texas is not uniform as it varies with region. Texas’s southwest region, where it shares a border with some Mexican states, is known to be either arid or semi-arid. The Eastern region of Texas, which lies along the border of Louisiana, have humid but subtropical weather. The only region that probably records higher precipitation of about 18-20 inches is the northern area along its border with Oklahoma.
Texas weather is usually described as very hot and harsh, especially when compared to other states in American. Therefore, what are the landscape design with low maintenance suitable for Texas’s hot weather?
The point here is that the majority of landscape components installed in most regions can also survive the “harsh” Texas weather except vegetation. The main concern of any landscape designers regarding Texas’s weather is the vegetation to plant. No matter the type of plant you intend to use in your landscape design, the goal is to achieve well-trim vegetation that syncs with other landscape components to produce an aesthetic exterior space.
The arid nature of average Texas weather indicates that you will have to spend more time watering or getting rid of weeds under the scorching sun; now, that is not low maintenance as it can drain you of both your money and energy. There is, however, certain vegetation that you can plants that would require low watering and weeding.
To reduce the cost of keeping your vegetation in shape and maintaining its beauty, you should practice xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the practice of planting vegetation that requires little irrigation or frequent wetting. The practice selectively uses plants that are local to the climate and therefore have a higher rate of surviving an arid condition. Xeriscaping is believed to preserve about 60% of the water that could have used if the method is adhered to; even Home Owner Associations (HOA) in American have started to advocate for the adoption of the process because of its effectiveness in conserving water use.
For xeriscaping to be effective, you would need a plan and draft a design like a normal landscaping design. You need to have an architectural design of your existing or intended hardscape components, and your xeriscape plants should fit into your whole landscape design. Hardscape is all non-natural living components that requires installation.
You will need to do some soil amendment like using a soil bed with decomposing organic materials. Aside from planting vegetation that requires little irrigation or wetting, you can also apply mulch to control weeds’ growth. You can use organic mulch like bark chips and wood peels; likewise, you can use inorganic mulch like some rocks or gravel pieces.
Xeriscaping would still require water and little attention; however, to mitigate against possible low rainfall and lack of adequate water, you can use hardy plants in your landscape. Hardy plants are flowers, ornaments, and trees that can withstand very harsh weather like drought.