Where does the majority of water used in a residence go? Outdoors – in the yard! During the summer months, as much as 50% of water used at a residence is applied to a landscape. Recent summers have required a significant amount of irrigation to keep landscape alive.What’s the solution? Consider Xeriscape Landscaping, a new concept in reducing outdoor water use, which saves time and money.Xeriscape comes from the Greek word Xeros, which means dry. There are seven principles to Xeriscape Landscaping.
- Plan and design the landscape to fit the needs of your unique family situation.
- Limit lawn and shrub areas that require the greatest amount of water for plant maintenance.
- Irrigate efficiently by grouping together like-plants that require similar water needs, and avoid watering during the heat of the day when most water is lost to evaporation.
- Provide a healthy mix of soil nutrients to encourage development of healthy plant growth.
- Mulch flower beds annually to retain moisture, reduce weak growth, and maintain temperature levels.
- Select native or drought tolerant plants that have less water demands.
- Reduce maintenance requirements.
Interested in learning more helpful hints? Learn how mulching can help.
Plants, Flowers & Shrubs
These drought-tolerant plants, flowers and shrubs thrive in the Texas sun. They can help conserve water, save money on your water bill and maintain a beautiful landscape through the summer.
Tour the City of Arlington’s Xeriscape Garden
Visit the award-winning Smartscape Demonstration Garden at Veteran’s Park located at 3600 W. Arkansas Ln. and discover the principles which lead to saving water and having a beautiful lawn.
Drip-Irrigated Plants Save Water
Studies have established that a square foot of grass needs 72 gal/year (272.5 L/yr) to survive, according to J.C. Davis, senior public information coordinator of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). However, a drip-irrigated plant suited to the climate needs only 17 gal/yr (64 L/yr), a savings of 55 gal/yr (208 L/yr) for each square foot of grass sod replaced.Drip-irrigated plants suited for the climate require dramatically
less water than grass while still preventing the creation
of urban heat islands.
Photo courtesy of SNWA.