This is a complex word that is easy to master. Xeriscape was coined by combining the Greek word xeros, which means dry, with “landscape.” It means landscaping in a way that doesn’t require extra irrigation, which makes it a brilliant strategy for the lazy gardeners among us.
How do you like the sounds of watering as little as once a month? Imagine, that’s basically five times a summer! Now that’s my kind of gardener’s discipline.
All you have to do is plant native and drought-resistant plants, apply lots of mulch, then sit back and enjoy the beauty of your hassle-free garden.
In general, drought-resistant plants will have broad roots and small leaves, sometimes with a waxy coating on the leaves. Look in your area for municipal water-saving initiatives that may include information on xeriscaping. The city of Regina gets such little moisture in the summer, they offer xeriscaping workshops. For lists of drought-resistant plants that grow well in your area, check out www.eartheasy.com.
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