Do-It-Yourself types can get the information they need to plan, install and care for a xeriscape...and reduce their water bill!
- Before you begin, gather ideas, make a wish list, draw a plan and learn about your options. Observe and document the conditions of each location throughout the seasons before planting.
- Reduce or eliminate large or unused lawn areas; plan small areas of grass for recreational use or other functions.
- Select low water-use plants that are adapted to arid environments, and group plants according to their water needs.
- Plan, design and install an efficient irrigation system-- and adjust your watering schedule at last four times a year.
- Soil health can influence water retention, water drainage, microbes, and nutrient flow. Aggregate your soil. Aggregated soil aids in water storage, decreases evaporation, and helps root growth, as well as soil, water, and nutrient movement throughout.
- The WaterSense Water-Smart Landscapes Guide
- Don't Just Stand There - Plant Something!
- Low Water Use Landscape Tips for Cochise County
- Water-Smart Landscape Guide
- Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style in the Arizona Desert
- Ten Reasons to Convert to Xeriscape
- How to Keep Your Landscape From Soaking You
Find a Pro
- Plants for Arizona's Low Desert: Online Search
- Rabbit Resistant Low-water Plants for Your Yard
- Low Water Plants for Cochise County
- Plants for Flagstaff and Other High Elevation Areas
- Arizona Native Plant Society Brochures
- Low Water Use Plant Buyers Guide for Central and Southern Arizona
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