In areas of the US that droughts have hit hard, xeriscaping is a popular alternative to traditional landscaping, particularly for lawns that feature Kentucky bluegrass, which requires significant amounts of water to thrive in arid regions. Unlike conventional lawns, xeriscaped lawns feature vegetation that fares well in dry conditions. The plants used in the lawns are chosen for suitability to the local climate. In the Western US, cacti, Mexican feather grass, prairie coneflowers and yuccas are example of plants that commonly appear in xeriscaped terrain.
Some association-managed communities have HOA management companies enforce regulations that prohibit xeriscaping. In most cases, the prohibition arises from the desire for lawns to have a homogenous aesthetic. However, with the House of Representatives recently passing a bill that would prevent HOAs from forbidding the practice, communities will be working with their provider of homeowner's management to develop provisions for the practice. In addition to creating a different aesthetic, the practice will deliver some important benefits that conventional lawns do not.
Low Water Consumption
The vegetation used in xeriscaping uses water more efficiently than conventional grass, which has a shallow root system that requires frequent watering during the dry season. Plants that need less water can help lower residents' water bills in the summer.
Better Water Availability
With less water dedicated to watering lawnns, more water can be put to uses such as operating fountains, filling swimming pools, and operating ornamental ponds. If your community is under water usage restrictions in the dry season, the practice can help free up water.
Implementing the practice in common areas is a viable way to lower a community's landscaping expenses. If your community has been working with its homeowner's management provider to reduce operating costs, the practice should be stated as possible cost saving measure.
Although xeriscaped lawns look different than conventional ones, they by no means look less appealing. Some HOA management providers work with vendors that recommend the lawns as a way to diversify vegetation in a community, making lawns appear garden-like instead of uniform.
To protect the real estate value of the neighborhood, many association-governed communities have a homeowner management provider enforce strict rules regarding the appearance of lawns. However, permitting xeriscaping will not require communities to compromise on the visual quality of real estate. When a qualified landscaping company performs the work, the results are nothing less than impressive. It also delivers important benefits that conventional landscaping often. To learn more about how xeriscaping could benefit your community, contact a provider of HOA management services today.