About Xeriscaping

The District offers workshops and presentations periodically explaining xeriscaping, the water-efficient landscape philosophy of “xeriscape.” The word “xeriscape” was coined by the Denver Water Department and is derived from the Greek root xero, which means dry. However, that does not mean that all xeriscapes have to be made of rocks and cactus. On the contrary, xeric landscapes, while they are designed to be water-efficient, may include plants that use more water, if they are native and/or adapted for your particular climate. If, however, you live in a climate where rains are few and far between, your xeriscape will probably include mostly low water-use varieties. The key is emphasizing native and adapted plants that thrive in your climate. The seven basic steps to creating your own xeriscape are as follows:

  1. Planning and Design
  2. Soil Analysis
  3. Include Practical Turf Areas
  4. Appropriate Plant Selection
  5. Efficient Irrigation
  6. Use Mulches
  7. Appropriate Maintenance

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Thanks, and garden wisely!