Maintaining a yard in a desert climate isn’t easy. The lack of moisture and nourishing soil make growing vegetables or grass difficult. Many homeowners turn to xeriscaping to avoid some of the difficulties of traditional gardening and lawn care. But even with a xeriscaped landscape, you may have to deal with weeds.
What is xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping or xerogardening is a simple idea. The word comes from a Greek word meaning “dry” combined with the word “landscaping”. The homeowner plans and plants his landscape in a way that demands the least use of supplemental irrigation and makes the most of hardy native plants.
Because it minimized your water usage, this method of landscape design is a good idea for desert climes like Phoenix. Pest control is also aided by this method. Plants used in xeriscaping typically have a different structure than traditional shrubbery. They leave more room around the foundation for your Phoenix exterminator to monitor and prevent pest activity. It leaves less moisture to encourage bug to set up housekeeping as well.
Weed Control for Xeriscaping
Just because a property is xeriscaped doesn’t mean it won’t have weeds. Weed seeds can lie dormant for quite a while until conditions are just right to germinate and grow. Even in arid Phoenix, weed control measures should still be taken. Here are a few ways to keep your desert area landscaping healthy.
- Pre-emergent weed control. This type of treatment kills weeds before they grow. Be cautious and treat a small test patch first. Some pre-emergent agents can stain rocks, which are often a feature in desert landscapes. They may also require up to ½ inch of water to penetrate the soil effectively.
- Post-emergent weed control. You can also apply treatments after weeds begin to show. Again, use caution when applying these treatments yourself. They are just as lethal to your desirable landscaping plans as they are to weeds. You may need to reapply these treatments until the weeds are completely dead.
- Manual methods. If you are up for a little manual labor, you can always pull weeds by hand. Use gloves to protect your hands in case the weeds have thorns or are particularly tough-stemmed. Be sure to pull up as much of the root as possible to prevent regrowth.
Getting rid of weeds in a desert landscape takes some care and attention, but it is worth it. A xeriscaped yard can be an interesting and hardy garden that is delightfully low-maintenance as well.