Recent Low-water Landscaping Articles

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Drought Tolerant Plants for 2014

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 03, 2014

Think a drought-tolerant garden has to be all dull colors and straggly plants? Think again. If your Dallas plumbing is groaning over the miserable, dry heat, that doesn't mean your...

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Converting to Xeriscaping

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 29, 2014

With a drought just declared in California, I have my garden on the brain, and I'm not the only one. Many people in my community have allowed their gardens to die over the last few...

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Cope With Water Shortages By Xeriscape Gardening

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 03, 2013

Xeriscaping, quite untrue to its potential to support colorful blooms throughout the seasons, has gotten an unfair association with rock gardens with cacti. While in some climates it...

In addition to irrigating plants, sprinklers allow children to cool off during the hot summer months. (Photo: Alexander Redmon/

How to Water a Garden During the Heat of Summer

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 05, 2012

When it comes to watering the plants in your landscape and garden there is nothing like a long, gentle soaking rain, especially during the hot summer months. As there is no guarantee...

Turn off the tap for water savings. (Photo by the author, s.e. smith.)

Water Conservation is Easy With These Tips

Posted by s.e. smith | May 20, 2012

With water scarcity is a growing issue around the world, so making the most of water resources is critically important even in regions where drought conditions haven’t been declared....

Native plants support local pollinator populations and have bright, beautiful blooms.

Beginning to Garden with Native Plants

Posted by s.e. smith | May 03, 2012

Gardening with native plants has a number of advantages, but gardeners are often intimidated or overwhelmed with myths about native plant gardening, so they’re afraid to take...

These are WaterSense certified fixtures by American Standard. Pretty nice, eh? [Photo via American Standard/]

Water Efficiency at Home Matters

Posted by Carl Seville | Feb 21, 2012

About the only thing Americans waste as much as they waste energy is water. Kind of like the person who thinks that if there are blank checks in their checkbook that they must have...

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Lasagna for Your Lawn and Other Ways to Prep Your Soil for Winter

Posted by Jordan Laio | Oct 18, 2011

For many people, winter is the time to let the vegetable garden hibernate until spring. It's also a great opportunity to naturally and easily build soil structure and fecundity. Healthy...