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Xeroscaping (or xeriscaping) is a technology employed by landscapers in the western United States to reduce the amount of water and maintenance it takes to sustain a landscape project. Only plants and shrubs that are indigenous to the area are chosen for plantings. The environment benefits because these plants require little water and property owners benefit from the low maintenace of plants that are intended for their climate and geography.
The Principles of Xeriscaping
Water conservation is becoming a very important consideration when gardening in the Western US. Back in 1981, an environmental planner for the Denver Water Department coined the word "Xeriscape" (from the Greek word xeri for dry, needing little water) to embody the principles of water conservation through creative landscaping.
Briefly, here are the basic principles of water wise
2. Create Practical Turf Areas.
3. Use Appropriate Plants.
4. Improve the Soil.
5. Use Mulches.
6. Irrigate Efficiently.
7. Capture Rain and Snow Run Off.
8. Maintain Your Landscape and Garden Properly.
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