A new perspective on landscaping

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Yesterday my "word of the day" (delivered by email from Dictionary.com) was xeriscaping, which is a noun that means "environmental design of residential and park land using various methods for minimizing the need for water use."

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I'm glad to live in a city like Seattle where this practice is in evidence in many neighborhoods. Apparently, seeing one's property through the perspective of conservation is becoming increasingly popular.

A recent CNN article described sizable cash incentives being provided to residents of California for removing sod from their lawns and replacing it with more environmentally friendly and less water-intensive alternatives, such as gravel and cactus.

Now if we can only have a conservation and sustainability perspective inform other acts of distinction-making, such as in our consumption patterns and politics.

  1. Above image from an Arizona xeriscaping contest. See: http://www.azwater.gov/AzDWR/Watermanagement/AMAs/TucsonAMA/XeriscapeContestWinners2006000.htm

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