Definition of xeriscape
: a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (such as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation)
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The xeriscape demonstration garden adjacent to Cuyamaca College displays drought tolerant landscaping and offers water saving ideas.
Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram Joan Thuener and Sarah Harbaugh finish up their work at the xeriscape at Bear Creek Park.
Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram Diane Fuhrmeister pulls Henbit weeds from the xeriscape at Bear Creek Park.
My request that these negligent owners be required to either reinstall turf or use alternate materials such as gravel or wood chips (requiring no water) or xeriscape has been rejected.
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Xēros is the Greek word for "dry" that is the base for a handful of English words related to mainly dry printing ("xerography") and dry, or xerophilous, habitats and their plants. In the early 1980s, the Greek adjective was used to name a type of landscaping practiced primarily in the arid western regions of the United States. (The Water Department of Denver, Colorado, is credited with the word's coinage.) "Xeriscape," as it is called, uses plants that require little water and techniques that efficiently use water and reduce evaporation.
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