Xeriscaping and drought tolerant landscaping are similar in that they both aim to conserve water and reduce the need for irrigation. However, there are some key differences between the two.


Xeriscaping (pronounced zaree-scape) is a specific type of landscaping that is designed to reduce the need for water. This is done by using plants that are native to the area and require little water to thrive. Xeriscaping also incorporates techniques such as mulching, composting, and using drought-resistant plants. Additionally, Xeriscaping often utilizes hardscaping, such as gravel and rocks, to decrease the amount of lawn area and decrease water usage.

Drought Tolerant

Drought tolerant landscaping, on the other hand, is a broader term that simply refers to the use of plants that are able to survive in dry conditions. This can include plants that are native to the area, as well as those that are not. Drought tolerant landscaping can also include the use of irrigation systems that conserve water, such as drip irrigation or rainwater harvesting.

Both xeriscaping and drought tolerant landscaping are becoming increasingly popular as a way to conserve water and reduce the cost of irrigation. However, xeriscaping is a more specific and comprehensive approach that incorporates a variety of techniques and plants to conserve water, while drought tolerant landscaping simply refers to the use of plants that can survive in dry conditions.

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