Sharpe redirected his savings into a modified xeriscape
concept, using native plants and well-placed rock to create a modern look that also conserves water.
Xeriscape is a trademarked term, spelled with a capital X, and pronounced zeer-escape.
The National Xeriscape Council has prepared a list of seven principles that serve as a guide to the development and maintenance of landscapes that use water wisely, not wastefully.
Landscape architects and designers should regard application of Xeriscape principles as a modern updating of their profession.
In places like central Texas, where droughts are so bad you can get fined up to $2,000 for overwatering, residents who xeriscape may reduce the amount of water used for yard work by as much as 60 percent.
Many cities also have xeriscape demonstration gardens.
Another trick to a successful xeriscape is grouping together plants with similar water needs.
often take longer to establish themselves than landscapes using plants imported from areas with more rainfall, and may require several years to achieve the desired effect.
It was only when a drought hit Albuquerque two years ago that Tekin decided it was time to investigate Xeriscapes more thoroughly.
By installing Xeriscapes into our properties, we're looking forward to not only saving on our water and labor costs, we're glad to be playing a part in helping the environment as well.
In most cases the benefits of xeriscape landscaping far outweigh the cost.
which manages 200 communities in 32 states, has incorporated the xeriscape method into its landscaping for the past 10 years, according to District Manager Tracey Savaiano.