Water - Use it Wisely shares top 10 reasons to convert to Xeriscape

Posted at 8:44 AM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 17:54:19-04

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Maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn is not easy in Phoenix's desert climate. While bermudagrass is drought and heat tolerant, it still requires a great deal of time, resources, and energy to keep it looking good. If a year-round green lawn is desired, winter ryegrass needs to be seeded each fall, creating more work and requiring more resources to maintain it properly. Convert unused grass areas to Xeriscape  and reap the benefits.

Top Ten Reasons to Convert to Xeriscape
10. Save time - Grass will need mowing once every week or two. Fertilizing should be done monthly. Mowers, weed whackers and irrigation require maintenance. Dethatching and aerating are also needed periodically. Overseeding is very time intensive, as well as weed, disease, and pest control.

9. Save water - Bermuda and ryegrass require about 60 inches of water each year, but Phoenix provides only an average of 8 inches of rainfall each year. Typically, the additional water gets applied with above ground sprinkler systems that are often inefficient, prone to vandalism and mismanaged. Getting ryegrass seed to germinate requires watering three times a day or more.

8. Save energy - A lawn has been shown to reduce home cooling requirements as much as 4 percent compared to a home with no vegetation cover. However, a Xeriscape with good tree, shrub and vine placement can cut cooling costs up to 46 percent.

7. Save money - Save on the cost of water, fertilizer, mowing, seed, and labor. Stop water damage to walls and private streets, as well as mower damage to trees or irrigation systems. You'll get energy savings from passive cooling when plants are placed strategically around buildings.

6. Save landfill space - Grass clippings create a great deal of waste for the landfills. When ryegrass is seeded, the summer lawn is scalped creating a large amount of initial waste and mower clippings continue through winter and spring.

5. Decrease air and noise pollution - Two-cycle engines such as gas-powered mowers, blowers and weed trimmers needed for grass contribute to our air pollution
problems, and the drone of lawn equipment contributes to an already noisy world.

4. Provide needed habitat for wildlife - Grass does little to help nature, but use of native plants, shrubs, and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.

3. Set an example - One good conversion begets another… converting to xeriscape to demonstrate a commitment to using our natural resources wisely.

2. Save frustration - Common problems include fertilizer issues, dead spots caused by diseases and constant upkeep and maintenance of irrigation, especially when vandalism or mower damage is common. Plus, the necessity of mowing during the hottest part of summer when Bermuda grows best.
And the number one reason to convert from lawn to Xeriscape…

1. No more mowing - Use all your saved time to enjoy time with family, watch the game, or relax under the shade of a desert-friendly tree.
Many cities have free classes on converting unused lawn areas to colorful, low maintenance Xeriscape. Check out for resources.

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