Benefits of Rain Gardens and Xeriscapes

Rain gardens and xeriscapes help conserve water and cut costs.
May 19, 2003, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Gardeners who plant rain gardens and xeriscape (drought-tolerant) gardens, however, can manage unpredictable Mother Nature in ways that are friendly to the environment, our wallets and a precious resource: water...Spence's firm works with municipalities, housing developments and industrial sites to create large-scale landscapes that use native plants to catch and use rain water. Homeowners can do the same on a smaller scale by planting a rain garden... Xeriscapes, coined from the Greek word "xeros" meaning dry, and scape, from the Anglo-Saxon word "schap," for view, feature drought-tolerant plants, including native wildflowers and grasses. Long popular in western states suffering from water shortages, xeriscapes are attracting Midwestern gardeners interested in low-maintenance plantings that don't require constant watering."

Thanks to Colin Duesing

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Published on Sunday, May 18, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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