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Xeriscaping – An Energy-Efficient & Desirable Landscape

05/29/14 at 03:37 PM

It’s heating up outside, which means you’ll probably be putting more effort into watering your lawn and garden.  But did you know that outdoor sprinklers can account for up to 40 percent of a household’s entire water use in the summer?  What’s more concerning is of that amount, up to 50% of the water used for landscape irrigation is wasted through evaporation, wind and runoff. So what can you do to conserve water, yet still maintain an attractive lawn or garden?  Xeriscape landscaping is an energy efficient solution that can reduce outside water use by 50%-60%.  This conservation strategy can be used along with other energy saving tips that will keep your home’s exterior appealing and the interior cool as temperatures rise.

Xeriscaping (pronounced zeer-i-skā-ping), used by Neighborhood Housing Services on our new and rehabilitated single family homes, is a landscaping technique designed to reduce water usage by: a) carefully planning when and where sprinklers are used, b) using plants that do not require much water, and c) designing the space to reduce grass while making it esthetically appealing.  Xeriscape yards typically have much lower maintenance requirements because there is less grass, and the type of plants that are used are less vulnerable to fluxes in rainfall.

Xeriscaping conserves water outside of your home, but there are also landscaping strategies that can help save energy on the inside too.  For example, well-placed trees and shrubs can be used to either cool down your home or reduce heating costs by protecting it from wind chill.  For more energy saving ideas on landscaping, check out the website. Following these tips, you can feel good that you are helping the environment while maintaining your beautiful lawn or garden.  Stay cool and happy landscaping!

For more information on Neighborhood Housing Services' xeriscaping practices, call or email Michael at 258-6219 or


 Blog post composed by: Marie Conway, Edited by: Jillian Hanes

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