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Lawn watering is permitted for no more than 2 hours per day anytime during the hours of 5am-10am and from 7pm to 1am during periods of Seasonal Water Restrictions. All lawn watering is banned during Water Shortage Restrictions.

Planter planted with drought-tolerant sedums

Spot watering of gardens, flower beds or hanging baskets are permitted at all times under the Seasonal Water Use Restrictions and Water Shortage Restrictions, however, there are many ways to create landscapes that require less watering.

Xeriscaping is a method of landscaping that requires little to no water to maintain. Xeriscaping involves selecting plants that are best suited to their location and climate or that are drought tolerant. It also includes using soil amendments that keep moisture in the soil longer.

Why Xeriscaping?

  • conserves water
  • reduces maintenance
  • no fertilizers and pesticides
  • no mowing = less pollution
  • provides habitat for wildlife

Xeriscaping - "How to"

  • add organic matter - soil stores water and remains aerated
  • reduce the amount of lawn you maintain
  • choose drought-resistant plants; don't mix plants with different watering needs together
  • new/young plants require more water - start a limited number each year
  • plant trees to provide protection, shade and reduce evaporation
  • cover soil with mulch to reduce evaporation (leaves, pine needles, wood chips, bark, gravel, groundcover plants, etc.)
  • avoid watering when possible; avoid watering in the hottest and windy times of day
  • use native plants where possible - they are suited to the local climate

Reference: http://eartheasy.com/grow_xeriscape.htm

Examples of Xeriscaping Plants for our climate:

Daylily

Reed Canary Grass

Astilbe

Salvia/Sage

Salvia/Sage

Elderberry

Sedum

Perennial Phlox

Coreopsis

Hosta


Sunday, Apr 30, 2017
Water Conservation
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