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What is Xeriscape?

Xeriscaping [zeer-i-skey-ping] is a form of landscaping that uses native plants and those adapted to survive in areas with periods of low precipitation. 

Using this technique can help conserve water or deal with periods of drought. Xeriscaping is becoming a more popular landscaping option because it’s environmentally friendly and saves the homeowner money by reducing watering costs and puts less strain on water resources.

Drought-friendly plants also are a great option for households that would like to save money on water. It is estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that American families typically use about 320 gallons of water per day, and around 30% of this water is used outdoors. Xeriscaping can reduce this water use and save households money in the process.

A great option for xeriscaping is cacti, there are a variety of species native to North and South America. But that doesn’t mean your yard has to look like the desert. There are many other drought-tolerant plants appropriate for xeriscaping, including Yucca, Agave, Prickly Pear, Moss Rose and more. 

To learn more about xeriscaping and what the plant options are, click here

Sources:    
U.S. Outdoor Water Use | WaterSense | US EPA
xeriscaping | National Geographic Society
26 Drought Tolerant Plants That Will Survive The Driest Conditions (bloomingbackyard.com)
 

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