Q: What is "Xeriscaping?"
"Xeros" is a Greek word that means "dry." Xeriscape refers to a landscape that requires little supplemental water. It does not refer to a dry, barren landscape, nor is a Xeriscape a "no maintenance" landscape. The concept of Xeriscape was developed by the Denver Water Department in response to water shortages experienced in the late 1970s.Xeriscape Garden Image.
Xeriscaping does not mean you have to change the way you live or care for your landscaping. It means reducing water waste that can result from improper irrigation or poor landscape choices. Xeriscape is a means to achieve highly attractive, comfortable landscapes without excessive water use. A well designed landscape plan based on Xeriscape principles can reduce outdoor water use by seventy percent or more.
Your landscape is an investment in your comfort and in the value of your property. A good Xeriscape can increase your property value by as much as 15%. You can protect and beautify your landscape investment by drought-proofing it. When water use is restricted, inefficient water-thirsty landscapes suffer the most.
Like traditional landscapes, a Xeriscape may be designed to minimize labor or to require frequent care. Many people appreciate beautiful landscapes, but have limited time to spend tending a garden. By using plants that are well adapted, mulches that suppress weeds and conserve water, and drip irrigation to efficiently use water, Xeriscaped yards can be colorful and fragrant without the burden of frequent maintenance