What is Xeriscape?
The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros, meaning dry. The word was coined by the Front Range Xeriscape Task Force of the Denver Water Department in 1981. The goal of a xeriscape is to create a visually attractive landscape that uses plants selected for their water efficiency. Properly maintained, a xeriscape can easily use less than one-half the water of a traditional landscape. Once established, a xeriscape should require less maintenance than turf landscape.
To encourage landscapes that are appropriate to our desert environment, the Water Authority offers generous rebates for the replacement of turf with xeriscaping. Several conditions must be met in order to qualify for the rebates, including approval of plans in advance by a Water Authority inspector. Click here for complete xeriscape rebate information.
- Xeriscaping Saves Water
Using native and other drought-tolerant plants can significantly reduce water use.
- Xeriscaping Saves Time
De-emphasizing the use of bluegrass lawns and other thirsty plants is a common-sense approach that can reduce the time you spend watering, fertilizing and mowing.
- Xeriscaping Saves Money
Reducing water use can lower your water bill. Xeriscaping can also reduce maintenance costs and increase the beauty and value of your property. The Water Authority also offers money-saving rebates.
For more information, visit the website of the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico.
Check out this interactive plant list tool created by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, for help in selecting low water use plants for your Xeriscape: http://wuc.ose.state.nm.us/Plants/home.jsp
Xeric Design Templates
These free xeriscape designs were designed for the Water Authority by local landscape professionals Judith Phillips, George Radnovich and David Cristiani. These templates can serve as blueprints and thought-starters to guide residential and business property owners in creating spectacular xeriscapes with color, logic, beauty and purpose.