What is Xeriscape™?
)is derived from the Greek word,
meaning “dry.” Denver Waterholds the trademark on the term.It is the wise use of water through
water-efcient landscaping and the
utilization of plants better adapted tolocal climatic and soil conditions. Theword Xeriscape conjures up visionsof a dry, desert-like landscape when,in fact, its focus is how to landscapeappropriately in areas with seasonalwater supply shortages. A Xeriscapedesign uses less water to sustainplant life and provides year-roundbeauty.
Steps to Success
1. Develop a plan and landscapedesign2. Soil analysis3. Select appropriate plants4. Manageable lawn size
5. Efcient irrigation
6. Mulch plants and seedings7. Practice regular maintenance
As one o e national Xeriscapes, the City o Fargo projects that up to 50 percent saings canbe achieed in home water usage. Fargo studies support other study sites indicating potential saings o nearly 30 percent in maintenance and labor, 61 percent in ertilizers, 44 percent in uel, and 22 percent in herbicides and pesticides.
Natie prairie wildowers and grasses are excellent alternaties to traditional landscaping. Tey are less expensie tomaintain than tur, require minimal rainall, and are attractie all year long.
Generally,only 50 percent o an existing lawn is actielyused. ur is the highest water-user and requires the most labor in a traditional landscape. Reducing the amount o tur will sae time and money. Consider using awarm-season alternatie tur grass, such asblue grama or bualograss. Tese grasses aredierent om normal lawns. Tey are slower to green in the spring, quicker to go dormant inthe all, and require less mowing.
Black chokeberry: berries used for making wine and jelly
Xeriscape and Native Plant Benefts
Big bluestem: fall color
Quality of Life
• Attractive year-round landscape• Increased wildlife viewing• Connect with nature• Decreased mowing
• Lower water and maintenance costs• Enhanced real estate values• Increased survival of plantings• Edible and/or decorative products
• Improved water and soil conservation• Reduced use of petroleum products• Improved air quality/carbon sequestration• Enhanced urban wildlife habitat• Reduced storm water runoff
Narrow grass strips (left) can result in poor water management. A water-efcient,
low maintenance alternative landscape features hardier plants in “low water use”landscape zones.
Why is Native Landscaping Important?
This colorful blazing star brings beauty to landscapes. It attracts butterflies and other wildlife species, and is significant to Native American culture.