Monday, January 10, 2022

What is Xeriscaping?


 The New Year 2022 is here and it's time to start thinking about gardening!  The last two summers in Utah have been very hot and dry.  Many of us are planning and redesigning landscapes that will require less water.  There is a lot of information available about the concept of "xeriscape" and a lot of misconceptions.  In the next several posts, I will be discussing the definitions, principles and misconceptions surrounding the topic of xeriscaping.  I hope this will help create a better understanding of what it is and what it isn't.

For starters, here is the list of the 7 principles of xeriscaping as they were originally introduced by the Denver Water Department in 1981.  

 - planning and design

 - soil

 - practical turf areas

 - efficient irrigation

 - plant selection

 - mulching

 - maintenance

Stay tuned for in-depth explanations of these xeriscape principles.  It's not just rocks, cactus and yucca.  And it's definitely NOT "ZERO-scape".

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