|Re: Xeriscaping||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cheryl A. Charis-Graves (ccharisjeffco.k12.co.us)|
|Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 09:19:01 -0600 (MDT)|
As I understand it, the principle that applies is to NOT use rock (which does heat up) but to use a deep layer of organic mulch (like shredded tree bark and clippings) around plants that tolerate dry conditions. Drought-resistant trees and shrubs can be used to create some shading for houses, to reduce the ambient temperature. My front yard is planted in strawberries, which the comm'ty kids like to harvest throughout the summer. No mowing, little water (trees provide some shade), and it stays very green. The recent drought here in Colorado (from which we have not fully recovered) has created a greater awareness of how to plant and apply water more thoughtfully. Ongoing studies and research among gardeners and horticulturists are producing lists of ever-more hardy and non- thirsty plants. It changes the look of landscaping and lawns, but is certainly more sustainable. Personally, it was deeply distressing for me to read about farmers and ranchers who were losing land and livestock which had been in their family for several generations. As a result, I feel a certain zeal about wise-water use. Here in semi-arid Colorado, it seems almost criminal to put in water-hungry turf when other options do exist. Imagine that, a cohouser zealot! Cheryl Harmony Village in Golden, CO (where I'm sure my master-gardener neighbor and gardening author, Dave, is chuckling about my "defense" of xeriscaping) _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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