Also known as smartscaping or dryscaping, xeriscaping is a great way to conserve water while making it easier to maintain your home landscaping. Don’t worry, it’s not all about cacti and bare rock. Here are four ideas for making your yard dry-weather friendly.

Plant drought-tolerant turf like Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass, which stay green with minimal irrigation.

  1. Generously mulch gardens, flowerbeds and areas around shrubs and trees to keep valuable moisture from evaporating in the heat.
  2. Look for native plants that naturally thrive in your regional climate.
  3. Know your local growing zone and only choose plants recommended for the region.
  4. Add hardscape elements like winding paths or patios to reduce your lawn’s overall footprint.