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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Landscaping Designing With Hardscaping And No Lawn For Dry Climates

Dry climates present challenges when it comes to designing landscaping. Conventional lawns and landscaping plants may not survive. In places like deserts, hardscapes are used instead, or native plants that are more hardy. If you are doing your landscaping design, here are some ideas that you may want to consider as an alternative to conventional lawns and landscaping:

1. Using Gravel That Can Also Be Part of Mechanical Systems

If you do not want a conventional lawn, gravel, sand and stone is a versatile hardscaping material. Not only can it be used for an attractive design, but it can also form part of mechanical systems. Gravel and sand can be used for filtration for things like rain collection, septic systems and grey water treatment. You can get more with hardscaping using gravel and stone materials. The top layer can be an attractive material, which covers the filtering system beneath.

2. Hardy Native Plants That Are More Tolerant of Desert and Dry Climates

There are also hardy native plants that are also versatile. They can be used to give your home a plant design that has drought-tolerant features. In addition, some plants like grasses can be good to use in the design of filtration. They can filter waste and be part of a septic system to give your landscaping an environmentally-friendly feature. A civil engineer service can help with choosing the best types of plants for the design of these types of systems. They will combine tolerant and filtering plants for optimal filtration with an attractive design.

3. Engineered Designs to Combine Natural and Manmade Features in Landscaping

Engineered designs are also a good choice for many areas of your landscaping. An example of this is the gravel and sand filtration of a septic system, grey water and rain collection. Civil engineering can also be used to design rock features that include native and manmade stone. If you have a pool, this can be a good solution to give your pool area a natural design with rock features. It can also include natural filtration to do away with pool chemicals.

Doing a hardy landscaping design for your home will ensure you do not have to deal with the cost and maintenance of yards in dry climates. When you get ready to do your yard, contact a civil engineer, like one from Down Cape Engineering Inc, to help with some of these improvements. They will be able to help you with a functional landscaping design for dry desert climates.