An End to Grass

Reading the latest article about a potential water shortage (seems like there's an article about this every few months), it makes me wo...

Reading the latest article about a potential water shortage (seems like there's an article about this every few months), it makes me wonder why county and city planning departments don't place requirements on home builders to put in xeriscaping.

Xeriscaping is landscaping using drought tolerant plants, namely flora native to our area. It also involves using drip irrigation where water lines drip under the soil, instead of sprinkling on top of it.

You drive through all the neighborhoods around Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, and all you see are lush lawns, and you know everyone is using 50% of their water consumption for their grass.

I have grass in my front yard too, so I'm not yelling too loudly. But I'm at a point where I need something that will cut my utility bills down, and water is one of them.

So the big question is, how do we create a front and back yard that doesn't use grass, but still looks awesome, and still keeps the weeds down?

The Western Municipal Water District, which serves the City of Riverside, has a one acre "demonstration garden" showing you what kinds of plants, ground cover, and shrubs you can use to create a great looking, but low water garden.

It is located at the district's office at 450 E. Alessandro Boulevard in Riverside, California. They'll let you wander in and take a self-guided tour.

You can learn more about their demonstration garden here...
http://www.wmwd.com/landscape.htm

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