One of the advantages of Xeriscape (™) or WaterWise landscaping is
reduced maintenance compared to the traditional “English” lawn.
The reduced time spent in mowing, edging, weeding, and fertilizing was cited
by San Antonio Water System customers in 1998 as one of the most attractive
reasons to convert their lawns (Brown, 1998). However, even low-water are
landscapes require some maintenance. Several maintenance steps are recommended
for the water wise landscape and can be encouraged by the utility through
- Pruning of shrubs and trees during winter months to promote
blossoms and to remove dead or damaged branches, which could promote disease.
- Removing dead flowers prior to seed pod development which
both promotes more flowers and reduces the potential for self-sown seedlings
to over-run the landscape.
- Aeration of mulched beds and turf areas to ensure that roots
are healthy and that anaerobic areas do not develop in mulched beds.
- Lawn areas need mowing. Mowing should be done frequently
enough to remove less than 1/3 of blade area and at the recommended height
for each species. (See table?). Turf should not be mowed when wet, and
should be fortified based upon species specific recommendations.
- Integrated pest management involves several steps: Discovering the problem,
identifying the cause, monitoring the landscape and managing the problem
including using pest-resistant plants and spraying insects with organic
pesticides, such as orange oil or BT bacteria and only as a last resort
using chemical pesticides or herbicides. 14
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