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Parks, Recreation, & Culture » healthy landscapes, healthy living » Xeriscape Gardening

Overview

The term is pronounced "zair-i-scape" and means "water conservation through creative landscaping."

Xeriscape is not "Zeroscape", it combines the Greek word "xeros" meaning dry, and "scape" denoting a view.

Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Living Creating a Kamloops Xeriscape

Xeriscaping uses water more responsibly, become knowledgeable, and make a difference.
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We all love beautiful surroundings. Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that doesn't sacrifice beauty to conserve water. In fact, if a landscape isn't attractive, then it isn't a xeriscape. The principles of xeriscaping can be applied to any landscape style and can be as plain or elaborate as desired.

Reasons to Xeriscape

The average Canadian uses 326 litres of water per day. The average Kamloops resident uses about 800-850 litres of water per day. In the summer that number rises to 1800 litres of water per person, per day! Eighty percent of the water consumed in the summer is used outdoors to water grass, hose driveways and to wash vehicles. In addition to using less water, a xeriscape garden requires less weeding, fertilizing, pruning, mowing and pesticides.

Xeriscaping in Kamloops

Kamloops summers are hot and dry, and our winters can be cold. We receive about 21.8 cm (8.5 inches) of rainfall per year. Kelowna receives 29.8 cm (11 inches), while Vancouver receives 155.5 cm (45.5 inches). So, plants that are considered xersicape elsewhere may not be suitable here.

Are You Ready?

By Xeriscaping our individual landscapes, we use water more responsibly. Even if you are not ready to do a complete make over, becoming more knowledgeable and aware of your existing landscape is a start. Here are two simple steps that will make a difference: alter your irrigation to match your plants actual water requirements, and make adjustments to minimize overspray onto hard surfaces.

Contact
Karla Hoffman, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 6V3
ph (250) 828-3888
email khoffman@kamloops.ca

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.

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