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Green landscaping

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 9, 2010, 1:32 p.m.
xeriscape desert landscape

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Reduce water

  • Conserve water through xeriscaping. Minimize the need for water by limiting grass cover.
  • Incorporate compost into the soil to help improve water absorption and retention.
  • Place mulch over a plant's root zone to reduce moisture evaporation and conserve water.
  • Install drip irrigation systems, or install composting toilets in remote locations to reduce water and servicing requirements.
  • Clean equipment with compressed air whenever possible. Collect and compost grass clippings and debris insted of washing them away with a hose.