drought tolerant plant   xe-ri-scape/ˈzi(ə)rəˌskāp/
   Noun: A garden or landscape that needs little supplemental water.
   Verb: Landscape an area using water conservation principles.

Xeriscapes do not have to be cactus or rock gardens. Often they include other native and drought tolerant plants. When you think of dry gardening, you may picture a wild, natural looking landscape. But the xeriscape water conservation principles can be applied to different styles of landscaping. You can create a more formal English, Southwestern, or Japanese garden using the same basic principles.

Tired of mowing your lawn and paying for all the water to keep it green? Explore xeriscaping and see if it is right for you.

In arid and semiarid climates, where water conservation is important, xeriscaping is a wise choice. The concept of xeriscaping was developed in the 1980s in Colorado, as a result of water shortages. Xeriscaping can also be used to reduce the amount of maintenance required for a beautiful yard or garden.

Xeriscaping incorporates seven basic principles of landscaping to achieve water conservation. The Xeriscape Principles page provides additional information on each of these topics.

Benefits of Xeriscapes
Saves Water. Throughout North America, more than 50% of residential water use is for lawns and landscaping. Xeriscapes can reduce the water needed for landscapes by 50%-75%. This results in a costs savings as well.

Reduces Maintenance. Xeriscapes eliminate the time required to mow and fertilize a large lawn. Drip irrigation systems save time spent watering.

Improves Property Value. A good xeriscape improves property value, by creating curb appeal and reducing water costs.

Provides Wildlife Habitat. Native trees, shrubs and groundcovers in a xeriscape provide seed, fruit and nectar for local wildlife. Insects attracted by the plants in turn attract birds and reptiles.

Reduces Pollution. With smaller turf areas, pollution from gas-powered lawn mowers is reduced or eliminated. A reel mower may be sufficient for the small areas of grass included in a xeriscape.

No Fertilizers of Pesticides. Xeriscapes usually need fewer pest control measures and less fertilizer than traditional landscapes. This too saves money.

Maintain Your Xeriscape With A Hori Hori

Hori Hori When planting or maintaining your xeriscape, a hori hori can make you feel like a garden samurai. This multipurpose digging knife works like a trowel, a weeder, a knife, a saw and even a ruler. Why buy, store and maintain an assortment of tools when this one does it all so well? The Nisaku/Tomita hori hori is one of the better quality gardening knives available.

See the details for this stainless steel hori hori.

Some buyers wanted a sturdier leather sheath for their digging knife, instead of the original vinyl sheath provided by the manufacturer. MB HANA custom designed a durable sheath to fit the Nisaku hori hori. It is made of top grain leather that will protect both you and your knife for years.

Learn more about MB HANA’s leather hori hori sheath

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Beautiful Hardscape Ideas For Your Xeriscape

Hardscape for your xeriscapeAre you looking for landscaping ideas for paths and other hardscape areas of your xeriscape? Check out this HGTV article showing “33 Spectacular Landscaping Ideas.”


Get Your Xeriscape Ready For Spring!

best pruning shears If you didn’t trim back your plants last fall, now is the time to prune away dead growth and shape your plants for the spring. Having a comfortable, durable bypass pruner from Bahco can turn this chore into an enjoyable task.

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Have you discovered Plant Select yet?

plant select xeriscapes

This Colorado non-profit corporation has excellent information on durable plants for xeriscapes. Their focus is on the Western Garden and the Central Rocky Mountain Region in particular.

They offer information and ideas to help you select appropriate plants for your xeriscape. You can download designs, locate demonstration gardens to visit, find information on specific plants and search for plants using a variety of criteria. You can download pdf copies of their annual brochures which feature the winning plants each year from 1997 forward.

Check it out at http://plantselect.org/


Is Someone Stealing The Water You Are Conserving?

Hose Bib Lock You have worked hard to conserve water by creating your xeriscape. Don’t let others help themselves to your water when you are away. This simple and sturdy Hose Bib Lock will secure an outdoor faucet to keep your water from being stolen.

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Looking for Xeriscape Plants? There’s An App For That!

New Mexico Plan App

New MexicoStateUniversity has developed a mobile app to let you search among 750 water-wise plants and save your favorites. The plant database provides information for southwest plants, particularly plants suitable for New Mexico. However, many of the plants are also appropriate for xeriscapes in other locations.

Read more at: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/8723/

You can also access New Mexico’s Interactive Plant List at the Office of the State Engineer from your personal computer at http://wuc.ose.state.nm.us/Plants/

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