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One of the best long-term conservation measures is to plant water-efficient landscaping, called Xeriscape. Water-efficient landscapes need not be cactus and rock gardens. These can be green, cool landscapes full of beautiful plants. A green, Texas-style landscape can be achieved while still conserving water.
The City of DeSoto has installed Xeriscape in medians and around the Town Center. This is a comprehensive approach to landscaping for water conservation, and incorporates seven basic principles:
Thorough soil preparation
Limiting of irrigated shrub and lawn areas
Adapted, low water demand plants
Effective and efficient watering methods
Proper landscape maintenance
By incorporating these seven principles, you can help preserve our most precious natural resource - water.
TAMU Xeriscape Information
“Xeriscape Flower Gardener”, Knopf, Jim, 1991, Johnson Books, Boulder.
“Undaunted Garden”, Springer, Lauren, 1994, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden.
“Sunset Western Garden Book”, Sunset Publishing Corporation, Menlo Park, California.
“Xeriscape Plant Guide”, 1996, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden. References more than 100 water-wise trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vines, ground cover, grasses, and shade plants.
“Xeriscape Color Guide”, 1998, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden.
“Waterwise Gardening”, 1989, Lane Publishing, Sunset Books.
“Xeriscape Gardening”, Ellefson, Stephens & Welsh, 1992, MacMillan Publishing.
The City of DeSoto, Texas
211 East Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto, TX 75115
Ph: 972.274.CITY (2489)
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