Chapter 20

XERISCAPED OUTDOOR SPACES

The core objective of xeriscaping is water conservation through the creation of water-efficient landscapes. A properly designed outdoor xeriscape not only reduces water usage by 20 to 50 per cent, but can also reduce chemical usage, requires little maintenance, and can be uniquely aesthetic (AWWA 2010, Green Venture 2011). Xeriscaping also allows for a wide range of trees, shrubs and flowering perennials to create an attractive and sensible yard.

Before planting a xeriscape garden, it is important to plan its overall organization. This involves negotiating the balance between the amount of land dedicated to turf versus xeriscaping and creating water-use zones for plants that correspond to sun exposure and ...

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