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The term Xeriscaping is more accurately referring to a properly designed garden area that minimizes the use of water. Therefore, it is possible to design a lush garden space that even has some
Thanks for pointing that out.
I would define xeriscaping as a method rather than a design style. You're right. Any design style can incorporate xeriscaping principles which this one does. The design style I would call more like Desert Southwest.
Still because it practices a few xeriscaping principles such as terracing, moisture holding ground cover, and plants are actually set to water at different rates, I'll agree with the term xeriscape.
Just to elaborate about the plants watering on different rates - They are all on the same timed drip system. However, by using different sizes and quantities of emmitters, the trees and plants needing more water than the others, will get more in the same amount of time.
To use lawn in a landscape like this even in our climate could still work as a xeriscape if it is the right lawn type and watered properly. Something like Zoysia, Buffalo, and even some of the drought tolerant Fescues that are available these days would work well.
For another example, we installed this garden several years ago, there is no irrigation system
Also, I am glad you pointed out that the small blocks are for low walls only. Sometimes, I feel as if no one ever reads the specifications on the small blocks.
It looks and maintains so great with no grass.
I would like to do that if I lived there.
Your work is very impressive and creative. Thank you for sharing it.
Thanks to all for the good words. I'm glad you like the design. Glad to share it here with you.
My learning curve was very steep and I did as much reading and research on the issues as I could. I found wonderful information from studies and publications from states such as yours, as well as Texas, and even parts of Colorado. Adding to the water restrictions, the City of Atlanta has greatly increased the price of water as the infrastructure is very outdated and the cost to repair and replace is being added to all billed customers. One of the main questions asked by clients within the City of Atlanta now is, "How much is this going to cost me to water." We all are learning together, in all parts of the country.
As the article shares, the monthly bill for 7,500 gallons would be $154.30, and it would be $327.70 for 15,000 gallons.
As a comparison, I personally live in unincorporated Dekalb. To those in other parts of the country, we are only 14 miles from the dead center of the city of Atlanta. We have a septic tank, so no sewer fees. We average 4,200 gallons of water per month, and this costs us ~$10 per month.
As you can tell, water bills are quite an issue for people in the City of Atlanta.
Here is the online calculator http://www.atlantawatershed.org/billcalculat...