Landscape: Gardens

Xeriscape

Reducing landscape water use

Xeriscape is a landscape design concept based on reducing or eliminating the use of water. It became quite popular during the many drought years suffered in California. Since then it has continued because it is a great way to create a nice looking landscape. There is a lot of information about it online. Good nurseries can help support your xeriscape efforts by suggesting low water use plants.

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Arranging boulders for a new landscape

Xeriscape offers several nice benefits. It’s cheaper. It helps the land stay in a more natural condition, and it saves water, electricity and water bills. It also reduces the amount of moisture that can reach your foundation and crawlspace.

Xeriscape offers amazingly attractive alternatives to the lawns and lush shrubbery we have become accustomed to. Even sites with poor soil, lack of water, excessive shade, sun, wind and other adversities can be stunningly attractive using a xeriscape model. Xeriscape requires the design to develop around the conditions. It can work equally well with hillsides, flat ground or just about any terrain you can think of.

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low water use plantings

There are a wide variety of interesting plant specimens that fall into the low water use category. Even some thirsty plants can be “designed in” so long as the overall water use profile remains low.  Unfortunately, if you have kids set on playing soccer, football or croquet, and need a big lawn, xeriscape may not be for you.

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Modern low-water landscape


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