Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Richmond.com, August 1, 2007

Xeri-ously Green
Growing in popularity, water-conserving landscape design is recomended as a smart boost for your yard and the environment.

Living "green" is fast becoming more than a trend; it's becoming a way of life.

Homeowners are incorporating eco-friendly practices into their household routines and altering their lifestyles in the name of conservation. This mindset also applies to outside the home, as people take heed to the same old tips we hear from local officials every summer, such as "water your lawn in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation."

While that is important, homeowners can take outdoor water efficiency to the next level by xeriscaping their yard, a water-conserving landscape design method that's quickly gaining popularity.

With the dreaded "dog days of summer" here, water conservation is more important than ever. Incorporating xeriscape techniques into your lawn, however, can help you save water year-round. The core principle of xeriscaping is the use of drought-tolerant, native plants that don't require frequent watering.

"Anything that helps the environment nowadays is trend, and a good one," said local landscape designer Susan Schlenger of Susan Schlenger Landscape Design.

When drought-tolerant landscape design comes to mind, many might imagine lots of rocks and gravel and a grass-less yard. Not so, however. Low-water plants are also attractive.

(For the rest of the story. . .) Source: Richmond.com

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