Water availability and cost.
g) Existing plant or lawn locations and
Limited Turf Area. Part of Xeriscape involves
replacing areas of turf with other plant materials. Turf uses
more water than most other plants and thus it should be used
sparingly in your landscaped areas. For remaining turf areas,
drought resistant species of grass that are native to the area
should be selected. Figure 19 presents a number of drought
Efficient Irrigation. Many of the procedures and
replacements listed previously can be applied (e.g., watering in
the mornings versus evenings):
Irrigate turf areas separately from other plants.
Separate high and low water use plants.
c) Drip irrigation and low volume spray or bubblers
for non-turf areas.
Catch rainwater and apply to irrigated areas.
Soil Improvements. Healthy soil reduces water use and
helps plants and turf to thrive:
Analyze soil to determine type and needed
Incorporate organic matter.
Till the soil to keep it loose and aerated.
Incorporate water-retaining material into the soil.
Use of Mulches. Organic mulches improve the condition
of the soil and allow it to retain more moisture. They also help
to control weeds.