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Xeriscape

Derived from the Greek word “xeros,” meaning dry and combined with “landscape,” Xeriscape means gardening with less than average water. It is a trademarked term for water-efficient choices in planting and irrigation design that refers to seven basic principles for conserving water and protecting the environment: (1) planning and design, (2) use of well-adapted plants, (3) soil analysis, (4) practical turf areas, (5) use of mulches, (6) appropriate maintenance, and (7) efficient irrigation.
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Xeriscaped landscapes are also still new enough and few enough that there may be an economic marketing benefit to the homeowner at the time the property is put up for sale.
"Something that we are really pleased to have done in this new building is that we operate by half windpower and we Xeriscaped around the building." They are also meeting with environmental engineers to explore the possibility of using solar power for backup generators.
Areas not used as family or play areas can be "xeriscaped," or planned with low water use in mind, note the authors of Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping (Appropriate Solutions Press).
And while it may conjure up images of tumbleweed landscapes devoid of greenery save the occasional cactus, you can bet your 10-gallon hat that a xeriscaped yard can be as beautiful and lush as a Gauguin backdrop.
And xeriscaped yards require less work overall--a big draw for those who have endured unbearably hot summers trying to revive a once-plush blanket of Kentucky bluegrass turned Cleveland brown.
Xeriscaped yards attract native birds and such desirable
In some cases, if a new housing development has several model homes, the yard of at least one must be xeriscaped.
About 100 of the development's nearly 1,000 acres of open space are being xeriscaped and deeded to homeowners; the remainder are being left in their natural state and will be deeded to a public or quasi-public agency.
* Landscaping was upgraded and xeriscaped across both properties to enhance the property drive-by and curb appeal and provide additional water conservation.
While several individual apartment properties across the country are gradually being Xeriscaped, Lumacorp Inc.