Posted: Jan 28, 2013 4:22 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 28, 2013 7:06 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Coastal Bend is still in a drought. With no end in sight, city water officials say in the coming months we could end up in stage three water restrictions. So the city has started using a more water conscious way of landscaping called Xeriscaping. And now they are asking you to do the same.
When talking about plants that can last through a drought the first one that normally comes to mind is the cactus. But there are so many other ones full of color that can brighten up your garden.
"We have things like Shrimp Plant which will bloom through out the year," said Joanne Salge with the Water Department.
There are many more plants that can last through this drought with little to no water. By Xeriscaping and adding these plants you are saving water and making your garden a beautiful sight to see.
"We just assume that because we can't water our lawns as much that there isn't gonna be color out there. There still can be a lot of color," said Salge.
And while this may seem like a gardening style, it's not. It's a conservation measure, one the city says everyone should be taking.
"We really do have to look at what's happening with our supply and how we balance having a beautiful lawn and a nice looking home," said Salge.
But choosing the right plants is half the battle, the other half is watering efficiently knowing how much and how often certain plants actually need water.
Some other tips from the Water department to help you have a water efficient landscape is to apply organic mulch to all your beds to reduce evaporation of water from your soil. Regularly check you sprinklers and if repairs are needed make them immediately. Do not waste water by letting it pool, run off, or spray onto the sidewalk or street.
If you would like to begin Xeriscaping, you can go to any local Nursery and look for any plant with a purple tag that says, "I'm a Water-Wise Plant."
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