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Our guide to saving water for Perth’s dry climate 

In Perth’s hot, dry climate, water conservation is not just an environmental responsibility—it’s a necessity. 

Xeriscaping, a landscaping philosophy that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation, is becoming increasingly popular. This approach involves designing landscapes that naturally thrive in arid conditions without sacrificing beauty. 

Here’s how you can implement xeriscaping principles in your

 Perth garden to create a stunning, water-efficient outdoor space.

Firstly, what is xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping doesn’t mean turning your backyard into a stark, desert-like environment. 

Instead, it focuses on making smart choices in plant selection, soil preparation and irrigation strategies. The goal is to create a garden that complements Perth’s natural ecosystem, promoting biodiversity while conserving water.

 

 

Choose native and drought-tolerant plant species

  • Going native: Native Australian plants are naturally adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, which means they require less water than non-native species. Consider adding kangaroo paws, bottlebrush, or Australian bluebell. These plants not only thrive with minimal water but also attract local wildlife, such as birds and bees.
  • Drought-tolerant plants: Succulents and cacti are excellent choices for xeriscaping due to their ability to store water. Agave, aloe and sedum species can add interesting textures and forms to your garden. These plants are particularly effective in rock gardens or as ground covers.

The right soil is the foundation of water conservation

  • Enhancing soil health: Before planting, amend your garden’s soil with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. This will improve its structure, enhance its ability to retain moisture and reduce the need for frequent watering.
  • Mulching: Applying a thick layer of mulch around your plants can significantly reduce moisture evaporation from the soil. Use organic mulches like wood chips or bark, which also add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. Ensure the mulch is not touching the plant stems to avoid rot.

Efficient watering techniques

  • Drip irrigation: Install a drip irrigation system to deliver water directly to the base of each plant, minimising waste and reducing evaporation. Drip systems are more efficient than traditional sprinklers, as they target water delivery exactly where it’s needed.
  • Watering schedule: Water your plants during the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. This reduces water loss through evaporation. Establishing a consistent watering schedule helps plants develop deeper root systems, making them more drought-resistant.

Maximising natural rainfall

  • Rain gardens: Design a rain garden in areas where runoff occurs. Rain gardens are depressions in the landscape designed to absorb and filter rainwater. Plant them with species that tolerate both wet and dry conditions, such as sedges or native grasses.
  • Contouring and terracing: Use contouring or terracing on slopes to slow runoff and increase water absorption. This technique is particularly effective in hilly gardens, helping to prevent erosion while capturing valuable rainwater.

Embracing xeriscaping aesthetics

Xeriscaping offers a unique aesthetic that celebrates the natural beauty of arid landscapes. Incorporate stones, pebbles and rocks to create a visually appealing, low-water landscape that requires minimal upkeep. Design pathways and seating areas using these elements to encourage interaction with your xeriscaped garden.

Contact LHP Landscaping & Joel Irrigation 

By adopting xeriscaping principles, you can create a garden that not only saves water but also becomes a resilient and beautiful part of the local landscape. As water resources become increasingly scarce, xeriscaping stands out as a smart and sustainable gardening practice, particularly suited to Perth’s climate.

If you’re ready to transform your garden into a water-efficient landscape, contact LHP Landscaping & Joel Irrigation. Our team of experts specialises in xeriscaping designs that conserve water while enhancing the beauty of your outdoor space. Let us help you achieve a garden that’s both sustainable and stunning.