Wednesday Word of the Week: Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping [Environmental Geography]
Noun: Xeriscaping is the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. This means xeriscaped landscapes need little or no water beyond what the natural climate provides.

2011-06-02_1128215.JPGXeriscaping has been embraced in dry regions of the western United States. Prolonged droughts have led water to be regarded as a limited and expensive resource. Denver, Colorado, was one of the first urban areas to support xeriscaping. That city’s water department encouraged residents to use less of the city’s drinkable water for their lawns and gardens.

Xeriscaping has become widely popular in some areas because of its environmental and financial benefits. The most important environmental aspect of xeriscaping is choosing vegetation that is appropriate for the climate. Vegetation that thrives with little added irrigation is called drought-tolerant vegetation. Xeriscaping often means replacing grassy lawns with soil, rocks, mulch, and drought-tolerant native plant species. Trees such as myrtles and flowers such as daffodils are drought-tolerant plants. (National Geographic Education)

2009-03-12_0422136.JPGFor more information on xeriscaping and how to make your home “greener”, check out the National Geographic Green House or see Eartheasy’s tips and benefits of xeriscaping.

Photo Credits: Cathey Thomas (Your Shot) & Seana Fenske (Your Shot)
–Julia from My Wonderful World

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