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Xeriscape is the term applied to low-water use landscapes which use the seven principles of xeriscape. Many folks think that it simply means putting in rocks, but the truth is that xeriscape gardens can have a wide variety of plants and trees and still save water.
Xeriscape gardens can vary in how much water they use. Xeric plants and trees are categorized by how little water they use and there are several rating systems. One type involves using the "X" in xeriscape where a single "X" means that the plant or is xeric and a rating of "XXX" designates the plants or trees which use the least amount of water as shown below.
X- One inch of water per week
XX- 1/2 inch of water per week
XXX- 1/2 inch of water every 2 weeks
Other rating systems have been developed around climates and microclimates. Considering environmental influences, trying to use native plants, and studying the variation between microclimates in your own yard are all part of the planning process. Learn how to retrofit your yard with xeriscape.
In partnership with the Center for ReSource Conservation, the city makes low water-use plants and trees readily available to Boulder residents through the Garden-In-A-Box and Trees Across Boulder programs.
Xeriscape Poster PDF- helpful poster covers the seven principles of Xeriscape
Xeriscape CSU Extension- find helpful information and tips on everything related to Xeriscape
Xeriscape and Garden Centers of Colorado - From turf to bulbs and more, find out about xeric plants, trees, and more.
Plant Select- Let this non-profit help you determine which plants work best in Colorado
Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 11:12