Bill Young, Real Estate Agent Twin Falls/Kimberly, Idaho discusses Xeriscaping

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These helpful, money-saving home improvement ideas are brought to you by Bill Young, Real Estate Agent, Twin Falls/Kimberly, Idaho, Magic Valley Realty, 208-316-3921                and Home Warranty of America,Inc.




In short, xeriscaping means using creative landscaping to conserve water. The technique

uses native plants which are best suited to the area. While this landscaping technique

started in high drought areas, it is broadening in its appeal in all geographic areas.

What are the Benefits?

• Saving water is the key benefit of this technique. We apply 50% of our

residential water to plants and lawns. This technique can reduce this water usage

by 50-75%.

• Minimal maintenance which consists of occasional pruning and weeding.

• Save on fertilizers and pesticides which are usually unnecessary because

sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy, organic soil.

• Reduce pollution because the more of your yard you xeriscape, the less turf areas

you have to mow, potentially allowing you to change to a reel mower.

• Raise your property value with xeriscaping which can also offset the cost of the


• Provide a natural wildlife habitat through the use of native plants.

You can start designing your xeriscape yourself, but we suggest you draw out plans

before you begin, or hire a professional designer. Plan your property from an aerial view

if possible.

While we can’t tell you everything about xeriscaping in this article, here are a few more

basic principles and suggestions:

• Study the natural drainage patterns, hills, and valleys of your property. You may

want to add interest through terraces, rocks, timber and other natural elements.

• Think about areas for seating, walkways, outdoor dining and any other activities.

• There are more great ideas for xeriscaping from improving your soil to mulching,

irrigation, groundcover and maintenance. Use Web sources to learn more and

also contact your local nursery who may know designers and can acquaint you

with native plants.

Be sure to check your local

ordinances for landscape

bylaws prior to starting

a project.

These articles from Bill Young, Real Estate Agent, Twin Falls/Kimberly, Idaho,

Magic Valley Realty, 208-316-3921 and Home Warranty of America, Inc., will help you improve your home,

creating a healthier environment while saving energy and the planet.

Stay tuned for more!

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