• Reduces water use by more than 50%.
  • Lower water use and lower maintenance.
  • Eliminates use of toxic pesticides and herbicides.
  • Provides enjoyment and reduces impact on the environment.
  • Provides food and habitat for Okanagan birds, butterflies and bees particularly when low-water native plants are chosen.
  • The garden survives restricted water use during drought conditions.

The Benefits of Xeriscaping

Did you know that the annual average precipitation for the South Okanagan is 10-14” per year  and yet the average lawn seeded with Kentucky Bluegrass requires 39” of water per year to look lush?  

Dancing Grasses Xeriscaping can design a beautiful garden for you  that will lower your outdoor water use considerably.  Contact us for more information.

The word ‘xeriscape’ (pronounced ‘zerr-ee-scape’ ) originates from the Greek word xeros, meaning “dry”. The term ‘xeriscape’ was coined by agencies and landscapers in Colorado, as a result of the drought in 1977 that affected California, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountains.  Its purpose is to reduce water usage in landscapes without sacrificing quality of surroundings.

Xeriscape does not mean replacing your lawn with a vast sea of gravel and concrete with a few lonely cacti. In fact, gravel and concrete increase the ambient temperature around your house, and thus make your air conditioner work harder in the summer heat.  Xeriscape is not zero-scape with zero maintenance.  Generally xeriscape gardens do require maintenance, but much less so than a lawn.   A well-executed xeriscape looks charming, compelling, colourful, and even luscious. 

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Helictotrichon, Blue Oat Grass

What is Xeriscaping?

The Seven Principles

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Xeriscape landscaping is based on seven basic principles, essential to a good design:

  1. Planning and design.
  2. Soil analysis and improvements.
  3. Practical turf areas.
  4. Appropriate plant selection.
  5. Efficient irrigation.
  6. Mulching.
  7. Appropriate maintenance.