Q. What is a xeriscape landscape?
Xeriscaping is gardening and landscaping using less water than in traditional gardening--ideally no additional irrigation. This goal can be achieved by better planning and using appropriate plants.
Here are some xeriscaping tips:
- Design your garden to avoid water runoff, e.g. by terracing.
- Amend the soil with compost.
- Mulch around the plants.
- Restrict lawn area.
- Irrigate efficiently, e.g. using drip irrigation.
- Collect rain water (e.g. roof runoff) to use later for watering the garden.
- Use an appropriate selection of plants. There are a large number of plant species that require little watering. Many of them require watering only during the first year or two after planting.
Xeriscaping was pioneered in Colorado. Colorado State University has an excellent information page explaining general principles and plant selection.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service
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