Xeriscaping – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?
Quick Tip: Milwaukee Avenue is a great strip to check out some business xeriscaping but it is popping up all around town.
We recently wrote about the Imagine Lubbock Together initiative spearheaded by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
A hot topic on the community forum is xeriscaping.
Xeriscaping is defined by dictionary.com as “a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or other maintenance, used in arid regions.”
Many believe this form of landscaping is ugly, not good for Lubbock, and only for desert climates in the southwest United States.
My thought is Lubbock is an arid region. As you can see from the climate map below courtesy of itreetools.org, our climate is much more similar to New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest than places like Dallas or Austin where you are more likely to find green lawns.
So the bad news – because we are an arid region, because we are in a drought, and because we need to protect our water resources I think we need to come to the realization that expansive lush green lawns in Lubbock, TX are just not responsible or wise.
The good news – there are some really neat ways we can landscape that are more water-wise, cheaper/easier to maintain, and make Lubbock just look nicer, not uglier.
Some businesses and residents, whether because of water restrictions, the cost of water, or giving in to the arid conditions in the region, have let their yards and business fronts go into a mess of weeds and dirt.
I’ll admit xeriscaping may be seen by some as weeds and dirt and red lava rocks are not very attractive. But I think manicured and neat native grasses and hardscaping look way much better than the overgrown weeds, unkempt grass, and tired lawns around town.
I like the look of a little grass mixed in with some xeriscaping. This would be a great option for a backyard, so you could still have a little grass to play in but not a whole yard. Here is an example at a local office building:
Some very nice xeriscaping at another local office building:
A nice monument sign with native grasses at a local bank:
And doesn’t this look better than a little patch of brown grass at a local shopping center?
Tell us what you think about xeriscaping? Good, bad, or ugly?