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Xeriscaping is water conservation through creative landscaping. The principles of xeriscaping can be applied to any landscape style and can be as plain or elaborate as you desire. 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," meaning view. The most significant benefit of xeriscaping is reduced water use. In fact, xeriscape require 50% (or less) water than a tradtional landscape. Even better, xeriscaping usually requires less fertilizer, less pruning, and less mowing.

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 wash vehicles.

Seven Principles of Xeriscaping