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Xeriscape Landscaping for Water Conservation



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Xeriscape

Xeriscaping was one of the first conceptual approaches developed to promote quality landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment.

The term was devised by the Denver Water Company to promote water conservation. The seven principles are:

  • Proper planning and design
  • Soil analysis and improvement
  • Appropriate plant selection
  • Practical turf areas
  • Efficient irrigation
  • Use of mulches
  • Appropriate maintenance
Xeriscape is especially useful for best management practice near driveways, parking lots and recreation areas.  The large amount of hardscape can sometimes cause severe impacts on plants.  The use of mulches, efficient irrigation and practical turf areas are just part of the solution -- the most effective water conservation technique is proper plant selection! 

It just doesn't work to put a water-loving plant in a hot, dry nook that gets no drainage!

Xeriscape is a practical approach to landscaping, especially in small spaces that require careful planning to balance beauty and practical surface treatments.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/9/2009
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