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What is Xeriscaping?
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Xeric means “dry” in Greek. Other names for Xeriscaping are Water Wise and drought tolerant planting.

Xeriscaping is landscaping or gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Also, Xeric plants meet local climate conditions.

Some advantages of Xeriscaping are: 1. Lower landscape water consumption, 50 to 70 percent. 2. Enticement to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and humming birds. 3. Lower maintenance costs by not using herbicides, only natural insecticides, and no fertilizer except root stimulator to start plants. 4. Xeriscaping is environmentally sound by using many native plants. 5. Many Xeric plants are fire resistant.

Xeriscaping principles are; First, Plan and Design. Draw current spaces to including drives, walks, trees, shrubs, and direction of area slope. Using the current plan identify Xeric areas for perennial beds, trees, shrubs, and small grass areas if desired. Group plants with similar water and light needs. Place ground cover plants in front of beds, medium sized plants in the middle and taller plants in the back. For more information review Pre-Planned Gardens by High Country Gardens,

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