[Total: 0 Average: 0/5] Xeriscape is quality landscaping that conserves water and protects he environment using seven basic principles. The concept was developed in Denver in the early 1980s in response to a severe drought. But really, xeriscape is just common sense gardening. And regardless of whether you are developing a new landscape or improving an established one, you can begin using the principles of xeriscape today. (It might seem easier if you could start from scratch, but with good planning your landscape’s transition from water hog to environmental protector will be painless and profitable.) Begin using the seven principles of xeriscape now – take it one step at a time. You’ll save money on your water bill, protect the environment and end up with one of the prettiest landscapes on the block. SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF XERISCAPE: • Step 1 – Start with a plan. Create a scale drawing of the lot. Consider soil type, drainage, water availability, sun and shade, wind direction and views. Consider how the property will be used – for play, entertaining, gardening, storage, etc. Develop a master plan that can be installed in phases. Each phase can be installed as time and money allow. • Step 2 – Analyze and improve the soil. Most soil will benefit from adding organic matter. Soil amendments can improve water drainage, moisture penetration and the capacity of the soil to hold water. Compost is the best organic matter available. Compost can be made at home or purchased commercially. • Step 3 – Use practical turf areas. Grass normally needs more water than any other element in the landscape. Consider how you will use an are an if grass is the best choice for that area. It may be, but ground covers, shrubs, a deck or a patio may be good options […]
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