Xeriscape Newsletter May 2014 | Page 2

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Often the term “xeriscape” and “zeroscape” are incorrectly used interchangeably. There is quite a big difference between the two. Zeroscape eludes to a landscape that is void of any “scape.” It conjures up images of a desolate environment. When a xeriscaped environment is installed, the end result can be quite lush.

1. Good Landscape Planning and Design

Creating a plan will help to serve as a guide and keep you focused on your objectives. It will also help you get the most out of your landscape when you consider issues like cost, function, aesthetic preferences, maintenance requirements, water efficiency and energy efficiency. Taking time to think about all of these things before starting will also help you avoid wasting time and money. This will help you decide if you will do it all at once or in stages.

The term “xeriscape” is derived from a combination of the Greek word “xeros,” which means dry and the word “scape,” which refers to the type of land. Regardless of the root of the word, it still may sound a bit unusual, but the concept is comprised of seven sound horticultural practices. The principles are:

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Principles of Xeriscape