Turf in the Landscape

The reason many wish to have a native garden is to see water savings, which means saving money. From time to time, the word “Xeriscape” comes up. Some think you are saying “Zeroscape” which is an inaccurate rendering of the word at hand.

 The modern concept of Xeriscaping was popularized in the 1970’s. Xeriscaping comes from the Greek word “Xeros” which means “Dry”. Xeriscape refers to a landscape which uses a small amount of supplemental water. It does not have to mean a dry, barren desert-scape. It does not mean “No-maintenance”. By using climate appropriate plants, lots of weed-suppressing mulch and drip irrigation,, you can have a low maintenance, colorful and fragrant garden which uses very little water.

. Xeriscape is not a landscape style or design. It is a concept which employs water conservation to the landscape and can be applied to any landscape style, from Tropical to Japanese gardens. They can be formal or natural gardens. Xeriscaping is broken down into seven principles, which are: Planning and design Efficient irrigation, properly designed and maintained Use of mulch Soil preparation APPROPRIATE TURF Water- efficient plant materials Appropriate maintenance The most controversial and misunderstood principle of Xeriscaping is the concept of appropriate turfgrass in the landscape. Turfgrass has a place in the the landscape, even in Xeriscaping. Turf is easy to maintain and while it requires more frequent care, it provides the ultimate play surface for children and pets

 Turfgrass plays an important part in cooling the local environment, reducing erosion and preventing sun glare. Good questions to ask before installing turfgrass is….How much grass do we really need? What will it be used for? When / What time of year will it be used? The escalating cost of water will determine how much turfgrass is installed. Turfgrass needs a lot more water to keep alive. limiting the size of your turfgrass area is a smart idea. Our job is not to judge whether you should have or not have turfgrass in your yard. We recommend reducing large turfgrass areas and increasing planter space. If you decide turfgrass is for you, keep in mind that subsurface drip irrigation can be installed in your existing lawn, which will result in huge water savings, thus saving you money AND helping our environment. It just doesn’t get better than win-win.

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