When redesigning your yard, you may want to consider creating a xeriscaped landscape. The advantages can save you both time and money over the years. A Xeriscaped backyard will require less maintenance and less water than a conventional garden. By determining what plants are native to your area, you create a garden that is likely to thrive in it's natural environment and require little help from you.
Make a Plan
Determine how you want your backyard to look when you're done, what the yard will be used for, and what the best spots for each use are. Plan to have plants in areas where they will thrive. Consider amount of light, natural drainage, and proximity to a watering system.
Determine What to Plant
Do some research and find out what natural plants will thrive in your area during extreme conditions, such as heat, drought, or very wet conditions. Having plants that are in their natural element will give you a greater chance of gardening success than a plant that is out of its element.
Prepare Your Soil and Plant
Another way to increase your chances at a successful xeriscaped yard is to prepare the area appropriately before you plant. Make sure the area has good drainage, proper mulch to retain moisture, and keep weeds at bay.