Landscape Alternatives

Description

Landscaping alternatives include methods such as xeriscaping or planting trees in clusters. Xeriscaping is a landscaping and planting technique that minimizes or eliminates the use of water. Maintenance requirements are very little, and plants that thrive with little water tend to have longer lifespans. Tree clusters intercept rainfall and increase infiltration. They also provide shade for homes, but be careful to plant away from overhead wires.

LOCATION CHECKLIST

Xeriscaping

Tree Planting

CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES

Xeriscaping

Tree Planting

Plant deciduous trees in the spring as soon as the frost is out of the ground or in the fall, from leaf-fall until freeze-up. Poplars, willows, ash, elms, and birches tend to overwinter better if planted in the spring.

Evergreens can be planted early in the spring until four weeks after deciduous trees have opened their leaves or in the fall, from about the first week of August to the end of October.

MAINTENANCE TIPS

Xeriscaping

Tree Planting

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