xe-ri-scape/ˈzi(ə)rəˌskāp/Noun: A garden or landscape that needs little supplemental water. Verb: Landscape an area using water conservation principles.
- Planning & Design
- Soil Preparation
- Turf Considerations
- Plant Selection
- Efficient Irrigation
Benefits of a Xeriscape
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/