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