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What in the world is Xeriscape?

There is an odd word utilized here in the High Desert of Albuquerque NM known as Xeriscape. So What in the world is Xeriscape pronounced (Zeri-scape) you may ask.  The word actually comes from the Greek Xeros (Dry) and landscape.  A lot of people hear this word and then incorrectly pronounce it as Xero or Zeroscape.  Xeriscape is certainly not zeroscape in fact it can be quite pleasing to the eye.Albuquerque Xeriscape

Here in the High Desert of Albuquerque where the altitude can be 6,000’ in the foothills area and 5,280’ (1 Mile) in the center of town. Night time temperatures drop quickly at sundown. Unlike the other mile high city water here in Albuquerque and New Mexico in general  is scarce and conservation of it is a constant push.  Over 70% of the city’s water use is for landscape so the local Water Utility Authority offers rebates for families and business that make the switch from a high water use landscape to the low use Xeriscape model. The city authority is also known to issue stiff fines for homes and business who choose to waste our precious water.

Xeriscape Ideas AlbuquerqueXeriscape utilizes low water use plants that are well acclimated to this special climate and elevation.  Xeriscape is generally a combination of crushed rock, boulders or decorative rock and the plants are beautiful attracting humming birds, bees, butterflies and a multitude of other birds.  Once established xeriscape is very easy to maintain with little trimming, no mowing or edging but some occasional weed pulling.  When in Albuquerque you will notice this common theme in many parts of the city including the 10 acre “Big I”  interchange of I-25 & I-40.  

So don't Zeroscape but Xeriscape you’ll be glad you did, so will your wallet.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsJohn McCormack • August 30 2011 09:48AM


Just by your topic title I was thinking about Xerox Copiers... Very interesting information.

Posted by Christina Hayes, Credit Repair Expert (Everlasting Credit Repair) over 6 years ago

Hi John-it makes too much sense right. Use native plants and save water! We have been doing that here in Florida to some degree for decades. The natives always win!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 6 years ago

Very cool.

I learned a new word today.

Thanks for the post and the great pictures.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 6 years ago

Christina~ Just one of those strange words we utilize.  Glad you found the information of interest.


Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

Good Morning Marco,  It really is common sense so much precious water is wasted we suck our aquifers dry watering our yards and washing our cars.  Yes the natives knew exactly what they were doing.



Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

Hi Ralph,  That is a cool word with good meaning.  Use less water and conserve so we have plenty for tomorrow.

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

Howdy and evening John

John my AR friend, I sure do think that Xeriscape Gardening is outstanding looking! Your photo shots sure do show some mighty fine looking one. I happen to like using Native Plants for Gardening!

P.S. I had a mighty good reason for going through your blog's Archives in-order to find a blog post to leave you a comment on.

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 4 years ago