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Minimize irrigation demands of plants and landscaping.

Use native or drought-tolerant plants and efficient application of water. Use drip irrigation where possible. Soil with improved structure retains water better and mulch cools the soil surface and hinders evaporation.

Use of drought-tolerant plants, grouping of plants according to water needs (hydro-zoning) and sun and moisture conditions drastically reduce irrigation requirements.

Significantly reduces water use and maintenance requirements of plant material and irrigation systems.

Strengthens the native landscape
Reduces water demand and minimizes need for fertilizers or chemicals
Reduces cost associated with water usage
Reduces time and work required for maintenance with little or no lawn mowing
Xeriscaping plants along with proper bed design takes full advantage of rainfall
Xeriscaping plants will survive when water restrictions are implemented
Creates habitat for native bees, butterflies, and other fauna

A change of mind-set is required as to what types of plants are practical and economical from a maintenance standpoint. Substitutions may be necessary for types of “familiar” plants.

1.1.1 Site Selection
1.2.7 Skygardens
1.4.9 Green Roofs
1.4.10 Green Walls
2.1.1 Rainwater Storage & Use
2.1.2 Grey Water and Water Recycling