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Xeriscape landscaping is landscaping designed specifically for areas that are susceptible to drought, or for properties where water conservation is practiced. Derived from the Greek xeros meaning dry, the term xeriscape means literally dry landscape.

Austin landscapers have rarely visited this option with clients until the last few year’s of intolerable droughts and mandatory water restrictions. Anderson Landscape however is not new to this avenue of landscaping and recommends it frequently to those who are more conscience of maintenance time and water usage on their properties.

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Xeriscape landscaping does not limit you to desert plants. Rather, a xeriscape landscaping plan is to use plants and hardscapes that help to conserve water, such as grouping plants with similar water requirements together and creating visually appealing hardscape features to eliminate high water usage and maintenance grass areas.

Selecting plants that do not require more water than natural rainfall or runoff can provide is the first step to designing a xeriscape, which makes native plants the most obvious choice.

Watering methods are extremely important as well. A drip system that allows water to travel to the root system of the plant without having to travel through the air is best because it lowers the evaporation rate caused by the hot, dry sun. A considerable amount of water is wasted using sprinkler systems, due to evaporation, so it is important to consider watering methods and choose the best ways to conserve water. The time of day when plants are watered is another factor. The greatest water loss occurs during the hottest part of the day, when the temperatures are at their peak. Watering should not be done midday, instead opt for morning and evening.
The implementation of custom rock and gravel to replace standard grass and other ground cover also helps to minimize water usage and is an integral part of xeriscaping

Austin Landscaping is becoming an increasingly more and more challenging environment to contend with. With watering restrictions, droughts and extreme heat becoming more and more common, choosing the right plant pallete is very important. The first step in the landscape process is to discuss and blend your individual style and taste with our climate and soil conditions into a landscape design. We have various plant palletes that we use on a constistent basis to ensure your gardens success. We are capable of designing a variety of garden styles. Some styles of gardens that are common in this area are Xeriscape, native perennials and evergreens, and tropical styles in some settings. Austin Landscapes are also challenging because many of the areas have large populations of deer. Our landscape designs will take all these factors into consideration when constructing your garden plant pallete.

Key Benefits of Service

Experienced guidance on your investment! The single largest factors in the cost of your new Austin landscaping design & installation are the size of your property, the access available for materials and also what is the type of materials selected. We want your landscape to look better year after year as it matures and it will with our guidance!

  • Decades of Austin Landscaping Experience
  • Degreed Professionals at the helm
  • Quality is our first priority
  • Confidentiality of our clients is always respected

Maintenance Tips

They are set for the success of your new plant pallet with our knowledge of your area before we leave.

We do not warranty plants because home owners are responsible for “farming”

their own vegetation beyond our control after we leave. If you are concerned, send us a picture before adjusting systems.

Yellow leaves mean too much water has been applied. The plant is drowning.

Wilted leaves or weak stems mean the plant is dehydrated and needs more hydration. After re-hydrated a granular fertilizer may be needed for nutrients.

It is a hard surface exposed to outdoor elements and thus natural aging will occur. Tiny “surface” cracks will appear over time.  If they are large enough to hold a pencil they could be a structural issue and need evaluated.

All raw wood exposed to the elements, with the exception of composite materials like Trex, must be sun and water protected every 2-5 years depending on the product used. Protect your investment. It will not last without it.

*We do not provide this service but will happily refer you to our trusted colleague professionals for this maintenance.

Sprinklers should always be set to water within 30 minutes of sundown and/or sunrise.  This allows a homeowner to ensure the system is monitored to prevent excessive runoff and waste of water.  It allows the lawn to absorb the most amount of needed hydration without evaporation waste as well.

*Anderson Landscape is recognized by YNN & Austin American Statesman for being YOUR Austin Water Wise landscaping company.

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Landscape Design Credits Available

A landscape design is not always needed on smaller projects where there isn’t ambiguity like a simple covered square patio with beds on 2 ends and a grill station on the 3rd.  However, on large full scale projects with various elements in a variety of elevations and locations where walk ways and spacing is questioned, a landscape design is very valuable.  It gives homeowners peace of mind to know exactly what the contractors are doing.  It allows the landscaping contractor to work faster because everyone knows where we are going together.  Anderson Landscape offers a 50% design credit back to our customers who purchased a 3D design upon completion of installation by Anderson Landscape.

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