Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hot Time: Summer In The City

Our temperatures have been in the 90's for a while now. That makes water a premium element when it comes to your landscapes. We visited Phoenix, Arizona last January, and one thing we saw on a consistant basis was xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is environmental design that keeps water requirements at a minimum. In Phoenix there were exit and entry ramps on the interstates, golf courses, public walkways and gardens that all used xeriscaping in some form or another. With average rainfall sometimes as low as 7 inches in a year, it is no wonder xeriscaping is so popular. Pictured here is a plot between our wood fence and our parking pad where we designed a low maintenance selection of plants and mulch for a low water area. Purple fountaingrass, cathedral cactus and miscanthus grass, as seen here, are good choices as are any succulents. In Birmingham, Alabama, the sewer charges are double to triple the water charges making water expensive. If you are one of the lucky ones on septic systems, then water is your only charge.
What were we doing in Phoenix in January, you ask? We attended the NCAA College Football National Championship game between Auburn University and the University of Oregon. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.