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Landscaping with Water Conservation


The word Xeriscaping (pronounced zer-i’-scaping) is a blend of the words xeros (Greek for "dry") and landscape. The term was coined by Denver Water, the water department of Denver Colorado, in the early 1980’s and is used to describe the use of native and climate adapted plants in our landscapes.


The Benton Conservation District has developed a program to assist landowners with the implementation of Xeriscaping in the Tri-Cities. Please contact us for more information.

Creating Planting Zones


Whether you are planting native or non-native plants each individual plant will thrive best in certain soil types, sunlight conditions and with certain irrigation requirements. In Xeriscaping plants are grouped and planted in hydrazones. Hydrazones are areas of your yard that receive different amounts of water.

Very Low/No Water Zone

In this area of your yard plant native plants that will thrive on the amount of natural precipitation that we receive locally. Drip systems may be temporarily installed to help plants become established. Once plants are established supplemental irrigation should not be required.

Low Water Zone

In the Low Water Zone plant native and non-native plants. Non-native plants can add color, texture and diversity to your landscape. Make sure you select plants that don’t require a substantial amount of water and that will thrive on a drip irrigation system.

Moderate Water Zone

This area of your yard would be typically planted to grass or higher water use landscaping areas and focal points. If available use a turf/lawn that has a lower irrigation requirement.

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