Xeriscapes can be designed to require very little maintenance, to be healthy and attractive with seasonal cleanup and pruning rather than weekly mowing, but no garden is completely maintenance-free. To ensure that your landscape looks its best and stays water-wise, you may need to:

  • remove fallen leaves
  • trim off old flower stems
  • pull a few weeds
  • observe insect activity and decide when intervention is warranted and what the least invasive and most effective approach might be,
  • monitor watering
  • fertilize plants that need supplementing

While this may seem like a long list of tasks, in real time most of these may amount to a few hours every two or three months. The preventative pest patrol and irrigation check can be done in the evening every week or two with a cool drink in your hand a relaxing reminder to stop and smell the roses.