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|From: don i arkin (shardon5juno.com)|
|Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 15:51:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Hi, Tucson is one of the leaders in xeriscaping and one of the harsher climactic tests as well. Although organic mulches are excellent, rock mulches are good as well. A thick rock or gravel cover works just like an adobe wall for a house, in other words, as a thermal storage blanket. Certainly the surface of the rocks heat up, but underneath it stays cool. The overall cooling effect of any landscaped area has to do with the total amount of plants, not the kind of mulch. Either kind of mulch will reduce the need for water by similar amounts. The quote about xeriscaping resulting in increased water use and air-conditioning sounds to me like the false facts about environmental issues that those right wing think tanks are constantly sneaking into press releases. Don Arkin, from Sonora Cohousing whose xeriscaping looks like the jungle. _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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