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Xeriscaping, or dry-scaping, is a method of gardening intended to minimize the need for irrigation and ongoing watering. You can develop a xeriscape in any climate, using the right plants, but it most commonly appears in drought-prevalent areas with more mild winters and hot summers. If you live in a desert or southern climate, this might be the right solution for you. Xeriscaping is an excellent option for those dealing with yards that are tough to irrigate. They're also a fantastic cost-saving solution to avoid needing any additional irrigation for your yard, and for lowering water usage throughout the life of your yard.

In this series discover some great go-to plants to consider when building your xeriscape plan. One of the best types of plant you can employ in your xeriscape is ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses grow big and full making them tremendously useful for fleshing out your xeriscape. Add a selection of different grasses for variation in color and size throughout your landscape. Here are some beautiful species to consider when designing your xeriscape.

Purple Fountain Grass — Of all ornamental grasses this fountain grass is one of the most popular and preferred grasses for gardens of all types and is perfect for your xeriscape. It is a perennial that loves full sun and only occasional watering. You can plant Purple Fountain Grass in all seasons and enjoy rusty, rose and purple colored plums from summer through fall. This plant combines very well when clumped with other drought-tolerant plants but can also stand on its own as a statement piece in your landscape.

Mexican Feather Grass — This annual grass is a very light wispy and finely textured grass. It produces green and brown coloring year-round with small flower heads through Summer. Mexican Feather Grass, a highly drought-tolerant plant, prefers full sun and dry soil. This grass has scant watering needs and is very sensitive to water. For best results keep the plant dry. Though it is an annual, this grass reseeds on its own making it an excellent option for creating coverage in sloping yards or meadows. It also adapts very well to flower beds and containers for more controlled growth.

Blue Oat Grass —The silver-blue leaves of this grass are a striking addition to any landscape. Blue Oat Grass is drought-tolerant and even salt resistant, allowing it to thrive in warm environments with dry soil. Considered semi-evergreen this beautiful grass requires little maintenance while providing color year-round and creating beautiful plumes through the summer.

Artificial Turf — A significant part of xeriscaping involves reduced lawn areas in your yard. You want to create a sustainable xeriscape, but you also need some area of your yard for children or pets to run around. So maybe it's not an actual plant, but artificial turf grass is an excellent solution for your lawn. Add a small amount of turf for the final touch on your perfect eco-friendly yard. The initial cost of artificial grass is higher than live turf, but the ongoing maintenance and environmental costs saved on watering, fertilizing and mowing are significant. Before you start planting ornamental grasses, flowers and trees determine whether or not you need an area of turf. 

Now that you have some essential grasses to start your xeriscape plan read on to the next part of this series for some beautiful flowering plants to add for pops of color in your landscape.



92 Melvin Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907

Single-Family

$389,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Best value in Swampscott! Picture yourself relaxing on your porch on a tree lined street, on a quiet dead-end street, just a short walk to the train.You will be near the beach, the library and the super downtown area + the Blue Ribbon award winning Swampscott HS. Just the right size, this 3 bedroom home invites you to enjoy a bright and sunny living room and generous dining room with a China cabinet and oak flooring.The spacious eat-in kitchen is great with all matching black appliances, gas cooking, stainless steel sink, double ovens and granite countertops.Three generous bedrooms are available upstairs and a brightly skylit modern bathroom.The full basement offers lots of storage equipped with a wall of shelving and a work bench area if you have a project to complete. The yard is comfortable and easily accessed from the deck- just great for a barbeque. You can keep all your lawn items or toys in the shed. You really cannot beat this house and this price. Enjoy the beach this summer!
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May 18 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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92 Melvin Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907

Single-Family

$389,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Best value in Swampscott! Picture yourself relaxing on your porch on a tree lined street, on a quiet dead-end street, just a short walk to the train.You will be near the beach, the library and the super downtown area + the Blue Ribbon award winning Swampscott HS. Just the right size, this 3 bedroom home invites you to enjoy a bright and sunny living room and generous dining room with a China cabinet and oak flooring.The spacious eat-in kitchen is great with all matching black appliances, gas cooking, stainless steel sink, double ovens and granite countertops.Three generous bedrooms are available upstairs and a brightly skylit modern bathroom.The full basement offers lots of storage equipped with a wall of shelving and a work bench area if you have a project to complete. The yard is comfortable and easily accessed from the deck- just great for a barbeque. You can keep all your lawn items or toys in the shed. You really cannot beat this house and this price. Enjoy the beach this summer!
Open House
Saturday
May 18 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Location: 92 Melvin Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907    Get Directions

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92 Melvin Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907

Single-Family

$389,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Best value in Swampscott! Picture yourself relaxing on your porch on a tree lined street, on a quiet dead-end street, just a short walk to the train.You will be near the beach, the library and the super downtown area + the Blue Ribbon award winning Swampscott HS. Just the right size, this 3 bedroom home invites you to enjoy a bright and sunny living room and generous dining room with a China cabinet and oak flooring.The spacious eat-in kitchen is great with all matching black appliances, gas cooking, stainless steel sink, double ovens and granite countertops.Three generous bedrooms are available upstairs and a brightly skylit modern bathroom.The full basement offers lots of storage equipped with a wall of shelving and a work bench area if you have a project to complete. The yard is comfortable and easily accessed from the deck- just great for a barbeque. You can keep all your lawn items or toys in the shed. You really cannot beat this house and this price. Enjoy the beach this summer!
Open House
Saturday
May 18 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 92 Melvin Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907    Get Directions

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When you’re shopping for a home, one of the most important things is that you feel comfortable in the home. Sure, you can look at the listing and visit the property, but you’ll never know what it’s like to sleep in a home until you move in. While there aren’t many homeowners that offer overnights in order for you to feel out their property listing, there are ways that you can test a home out subtly.


Check Out The Neighborhood


You can learn a lot about a neighborhood just by observing the area. See how many people are out walking around. What is the age group of the people you see? This can give you a great idea of the neighborhood that your potential home is in. You could do this investigating several times at different hours of the day to get a full picture of the area.


Getting out and taking a stroll around the neighborhood is also a great idea to see what potentially living in your new home will be like. Check out public transportation options and local establishments like restaurants and coffee shops. Another great place to check out is local parks and recreation centers. This will allow you to see both the quality and the quantity of the options available to you. 


Test The Plumbing


If you have a chance as you’re walking through a home, touring it, be sure to check out the plumbing. Turn on the faucets. See how the water pressure from the shower is. It seems like kind of a strange thing to think of testing, but it’s important. You don’t want to move into a house only to find out the water pressure is unlivable and the hot water isn’t so hot! 


Check Out How The Windows Work


A home with a breeze is always nice. See if any windows get stuck or are leaking out cold air when shut. This is a subtle way to do your own home inspection of an important aspect of your potential future home. Paying attention to the windows can also help you to hear the noise factor that you might face in the home. Can you hear a lot of traffic? Is the neighborhood quiet? Discovering these things will be very important in your decision to purchase a home.   


How Is The Storage Space?


Look around the homes that you’re considering and see how much storage space you’ll have. Is there a basement or an attic or both? How easy are these spaces to access? If a home lacks adequate closet space for storing things like towels, cleaners, clothing, etc, you may find yourself scrambling for ways to keep all of your things in the home once you move in. Make sure the storage space you see is enough for you and your family’s lifestyle.    

 





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