Landscaping - Xeriscaping for Resource
Snapshot & Benefits:
Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping, designed to conserve water, with
slow-growing drought-tolerant plants. Xeriscape generally requires less
fertilization and use of pesticides as compared to more traditional landscaping. The slower
growing plants used in xeriscape require less maintenance, saving time and
energy and producing less waste in the form of clippings.
Estimated Cost Savings:
There is great potential for cost-savings with xeriscaping. Those who
pay for water use save simply by using less water. Reduced need for
fertilizers and clippings disposal saves money as well.
Xeriscaping may be a necessity in some regions with arid climates or in cities
or towns that restrict lawn watering.
(Getting It Done):
Preparation in advance will help xeriscaping achieve long-term resource
efficiency. However, it is not always possible to design entire landscapes
from scratch, as they are often established when moving into a home. Converting
portions of the landscaping to more resource-efficient plants and designs is a
soil preparation and irrigation are key to successful xeriscaping.
contractors come a in variety of shapes and sizes. Doing one's homework in
advance is good practice.
Videos On This Topic:
Xeriscaping Basics - HGTV
Pro - Find out how to xeriscape your yard by choosing plants that require
little water and fertilizer, making it possible to reduce landscaping expenses,
save water, and prevent the use of pesticides.
On This Topic:
California Integrated Waste Management Board: Xeriscaping
Colorado State University: Xeriscaping - Trees and
State University: Xeriscaping - Annuals and Perennials
Colorado Waterwise Council: Xeriscape Colorado
for Beauty & Conservation
American Waterworks Association - Landscaping