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Old 02-23-2008, 10:02 AM
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An important aspect to xeriscaping is native plants. If they can survive in your area with no care, imagine what the improved varieties can do in your clients yards. A wise use of the existing resources will yield an easy to care for property and be very efficient.

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Old 02-23-2008, 01:19 PM
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Thanks for the Wikipedia lesson B Gerrits, but I obtain my information from the source and experience. You sound just like the majority of people when it comes to xeriscaping. Xeriscaping can definitely incorporate turf areas as well as efficient irrigation practices. As far as educating you about how turf areas can be incorporated in xeriscaping, I don't have the time. But, I'm pretty damn sure mixtures of buffalo grass, wheatgrasses, and blue gramma grass are all turfgrasses which require very little water and maintenance. Maybe you have the time to convince me otherwise.
Actually Tom I wasn't I wasn't trying to correct you I was trying to learn something I didnt know. I only put the Wikipedia definition in for the benefit of those who have no idea of what xeriscape is, being it is a new concept.
I certainly am not an expert. Mondo grass, and Japaneese blood grass, Purple fountain grass are grasses that are used here but I don't think they are turf grasses.
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:55 AM
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I believe they would be classified as ornamental grasses.
Dreams, you're right on about the use of native plants.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:20 AM
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Xericaping is also reducing the use of water. The folks in Colorado that developed xeriscaping principles (30 years ago) have 7 principles
#1 Design. Water conservation and aesthetics
#2 Practical use of turf
#3 Use of low water plants
#4 Use of soil amendments.
#5 Use of mulches to keep soil temperature cooler and reduction of evaporation
#6 Effective irrigation
#7 Landscape maintenance - proper mowing, pruning and application of fertilizer

http://www.xeriscape.org/

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/PUBS/GARDEN/07228.html

http://www.extension.colostate.edu/4...ris/xeris1.htm
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:09 PM
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Xericaping is also reducing the use of water. The folks in Colorado that developed xeriscaping principles (30 years ago) have 7 principles
#1 Design. Water conservation and aesthetics
#2 Practical use of turf
#3 Use of low water plants
#4 Use of soil amendments.
#5 Use of mulches to keep soil temperature cooler and reduction of evaporation
#6 Effective irrigation
#7 Landscape maintenance - proper mowing, pruning and application of fertilizer

http://www.xeriscape.org/

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/PUBS/GARDEN/07228.html

http://www.extension.colostate.edu/4...ris/xeris1.htm
These were great websites many of the pictures look like what I install. I did find one thing intresting. I have been considering using more rock and less mulch because the mulch fades here pretty quickly and rock lasts for years. Another problem with the mulch is weeds grow in it where as weeds grow in rock but much less. I also swear that I saw traditional turf grass in some of the pictures. Buffalo grass, wheatgrasses, blue gramma grass are turf grasses but not what I think of as turf grass and are not rated to grow in my zone anyways(zone 9) their application looked to be for large areas which here the avg lot is small. Anyways real cool stuff. Xeriscape may be 30 years old but has only become popular here the last couple of years.
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