1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

June 14, 2008

:166 Xeriscape

Filed under: :166 Xeriscape — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:06 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:166 EcoTip: Xeriscape is a landscaping term for low water use landscaping. By planting native and drought tolerant ground covers, grasses, trees and shrubs you can have an attractive yard that helps support native butterfly populations and birds while reducing the amount of water necessary. During a drought when you need to stop watering, the established plants may not look as attractive, but they are more likely to survive and revive when soil moisture levels return to normal.

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 Additional Information:

You can find more information regarding xeriscape at:

http://www.eartheasy.com/grow_xeriscape.htm 

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March 18, 2008

:078 Expansive Soil & Trees

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source: Extreme Weather Hits Home

Suggested Review – :075, :076, :077

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:078 Tip: When a large tree is stressed by drought it can remove 100 gallons of water from the soil each day. This can be especially damaging to buildings if the tree roots extend under the building and the soil is expansive clay.

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Additional Information

Trees should not be planted close enough to buildings for the roots to extend under the foundation. This generally means you need to plant the tree as far from the building as its expected mature height. If you have an existing tree that is too close, an experienced arborist can cap offending roots and help save both the building and the tree.

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