Xeriscaping can be a beautiful answer to a series of droughts

Ivanston – On August 16, the federal government announced that for the first time, there was a shortage of water on Lake Med, and for some seven states: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming – Colorado-based water shortages. River water. Lake Utah is at an all-time low in the United States, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. The southwestern part of Uta County is experiencing severe drought, which means ice packs are weak and groundwater is not enough for farming and farming, and the rest of the county is in a severe drought, which means grazing conditions are weak and trees and plants are stressed. Drought is in the western United States.

Local authorities spent the summer visiting businesses and residents to reduce water use due to severe drought. One way to reduce water consumption is to reduce the frequency of weeding. Some local families are taking this lesson to heart and are taking steps to significantly reduce water use by deliberately killing their lawns and counting their outdoor areas. Evanson Susan and Josh Anderson are one such family.

Standing in Anderson’s house this winter, a gobbleor once noticed that the front grass was now covered with black plastic. Josh explained that the plastic cover was a deliberate move to soften and lighten the rest of the soil for the caregivers who were planning to do it after the grass was gone. Planting the lawn alone is not enough, Josh explained, because the roots are still there and the grass can return.

While the temporary black plastic cover is not very pleasing to the eye, it enters Anderson’s backyard where the arcacaping process is complete, but with a little grass and a lot of greenery and eye color. According to Josh and Susan, one of the best parts of the land is the use of one-quarter of a quarter of the traditional water after the land is established.

Carl Forster grass, salvia, blanket, echinacea, lavender, colombin, yarrow, butterfly bush, sunflower, Russian sage, lupine, bee sting and others are strategically located around the compound, which Josh said has more birds than ever before. . The whole courtyard was grass.

Anderson is a big fan of underwater landscaping, especially since Susan has a degree in gardening. The two realize that the transition from a traditional lawn to a kerchief can be a daunting task, including many plans, including planning where to grow the plants in the area and then saving each plant for aesthetics.

Josh says that Susan’s knowledge was very important to them. However, for advice and help, local experts Barb Martinez and Lynn Hutchinson turned to good farming.

A visit to Good to Grow Farms can easily turn into hours for a visit to Martinez and Hutchinson’s houses, where food is not available for food gardens and lawns – a testament to the fact that it is possible to hire the concept of hiiscaping without making a sacrifice. Thing.

One of the first things Barb and Lean wanted to understand was that ziriscaping was nothing but zero reduction or stone. Nor does it mean a sunny, dry landscape. As they walked through the compound, the two pointed to the abundance of groundwater and drought-resistant flowers, shrubs, and trees. Martinez explained that the method of xariscaping is to develop drought-tolerant plants, to name a few, such as peonies, irises, sunflowers, and lilacs. She also mentioned a type of reproductive tree that bears fruit on spring grounds that may fall to the ground, perhaps causing more work and disturbance.

“Xeriscaping does not mean there is no maintenance,” she said. In that first year, water requirements can be compared to grassland. However, she pointed out that there are still many green plants that have been watered only once this year.

When Martinez moved to Xeriscaping, he explained that it was important to kill the grass completely, saying, “You have to start with a clean gallery and get rid of that grass.” He also stressed the need to fence around trees that can be protected from deer and wildlife. She said it is important to consider the appearance of weeds, such as clover or sweetwoods, or mulberry or bark weed that can break down nutrients in the soil.

Hutchinson and Martinez say there are many factors to consider in axiscaping, including the amount of sun or shade plants and flowering seasons in one area. He explained that the space between the two houses was colorful throughout the season to ensure that different flowering seasons and selected plants change color from time to time. “People notice when they see the spring flower, but it is more than that,” Martinez said. In all seasons there are textures and leaves and tree shapes. He added, “It is also important to think about the future and how big plants grow when they are ripe. Aspen, for example, is not just a tree. When it is stretched out, it ends up in the forest. ”

Even for those who refuse to take the jump to Xeriscaping, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the use of water. They recommend that you put grass mowers on a high place and leave them there for a longer period of time. He also suggested that grass should be allowed to dry during the drought when irrigation is not recommended or possible. “When you can water it again,” said Martinez.

For those of you who are ready to evaluate Xeriscaping, both said that it is advisable to look only at the surrounding area to see what plants are doing best in the area.

What makes it worthwhile to visit with Martinez and Hutkinson, as well as Anderson, is that it is possible to turn from a large green lawn into an equalizer, or even more beautiful, to withstand drought and make the most of it. Less water. “Xeriscaping can be beautiful,” said Martinez.

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