XERISCAPE: LANDSCAPING WITH STYLE in the ARIZONA DESERT

       


Tips on Turf
  • Since turf is relatively water thirsty, use it sparingly. If you like the green look that turf provides, you may be able to achieve a similar look with low water use groundcovers or a combination of turf and low water use plant material. There are many water thrifty plants that have a surprisingly lush look.
  • Make turf areas functional, but use only as much as you really need.
  • Install turf areas close to your house or in other areas where you want a cooling effect.
  • Design your turf area so that it has a simple shape. Oddly shaped turf areas or narrow strips of turf are difficult to irrigate and mow.
  • For ease of maintenance, locate turf away from sidewalks, fences and walls.
  • Plant turf on level areas to avoid runoff and maximize irrigation efficiency. Most cities have an ordinance prohibiting excess irrigation water from entering the street.
  • Irrigate turf efficiently. Design and manage your irrigation system properly.

The Xeriscape principles at work - the site drawing, landscape plan and irrigation system shown in this guide yielded this colorful Xeriscape perfectly suited to the homeowners
Photo credit: Robin Stinnett

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The Xeriscape principles at work - the site drawing, landscape plan and irrigation system shown in this guide yielded this colorful Xeriscape perfectly suited to the homeowners The cement walkway provides a smooth surface and a tailored look. The flagstone walkway below compliments the natural look of the landscape and provides water harvesting potential for adjacent plants. A wide planting area for desert-adapted plants surrounds grassy area. To conserve water, keep water features and turf areas small as demonstrated in this lovely back yard Xeriscape.

 
 
Additional Resources:
Desert Lawn Care - English versionDesert Lawn Care - Spanish Version
Converting Landscapes From Grass to XeriscapeGood Reasons to Take Out Your Grass
Desert Lawn Care GuideGuia para el cuidado del jardin desertico
Lawns and Alternatives
 
 


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