Seven Principles of Water Conserving Landscapes: Xeriscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape April 03, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Water conserving landscapes may also be referred to as xeriscapes or water-wise landscapes. Seven principles of water conserving landscapes (xeriscapes) have been developed by the Denver Water Department to guide the process of designing for water conservation in the landscape. They are:  

  1. Planning and design for water conservation, beauty, and utility
  2. Hydrozoning
  3. Efficient watering
  4. Establishing practical turf areas
  5. Improving soils
  6. Mulching to reduce water loss
  7. Maintaining the landscape



California - Water-wise Landscaping: Water Conserving Plants for the Sierra Foothills ZOne 7
Oregon - An Introuction to Xeriscaping in the High Desert and Pictorial Plant Guide for Central & Eastern Oregon


Illinois - Make Every Drop Count - Xeriscaping


Florida - Discovery Gardens: Solutions for Your Life
South Carolina - Xeriscape: Landscape Water Conservation in the Southeast


Oklahoma - Native Plants of Oklahoma


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.