Re: Xeriscaping [was: Cohousing available in Colorado Springs
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 08:45:01 -0600 (MDT)
Somewhere I read that xeriscaping is actually not so great for water use. I
wish I could back that up, but the general principle is that there is a net
use of more energy/water because the xeriscaping allows the ground to heat
up more than grass does, causing a rise in ambient temperature so the
homeowners need to use more air conditioning and more water to keep the
plants alive in the higher heat.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California
tamgoddess [at]
> On Tue, 6 May 2003, Louise Conner wrote:
>> We at Colorado Springs Cohousing Community are happy to say that we've
>> completed the construction of our 34 home plus common house community that
>> goes by the name of Casa Verde Commons.
> ....
>> and expecting our xericscaping any day now .
> What is xeriscaping?
> Literally, the word xeriscaping comes from a combination of two other
> words: "xeri" derived from the Greek word "xeros" for dry; and "scape",
> meaning a kind of view or scene. While xeriscape translates to mean "dry
> scene," in practice xeriscaping means simply landscaping with
> slow-growing, drought tolerant plants to conserve water and reduce yard
> trimmings.
> from:
> [Note that I think the prefered spelling is with one "c" tho
> I found both in my search.]
> Fred 

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