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Old 05-04-2007, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL and Vero Beach, Fl
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I have thought seriously about converting our existing lawn/garden into one that is xeriscape. Now that we have a serious water crisis makes this all the more important.

Have any of you done this and what are your recommendations. Experiences. Thank you.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:11 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Sounds like an excellent idea and will be lots of fun. I was talking to someone else who lives in S. Florida who is holding off on doing her yard till the drought subsides.

The only problem with installing a xeriscape right now is that all plants need water, even the drought tolerant ones. New plants, in particula, must be watered so that they can become established.

Now is a great time to do your research and make your plans. Investigate native plants that grow in South Florida, try to find local gardens that use natives, and read up on drip irrigation and low volume mist systems as opposed to traditional watering systems. That way you'll know what you like when planting time comes.

I did a quick search to see what I could find for you and found a fair amount of general info and at least one good list of drought resistant plants.

http://donitaworld.com/States/Florida/main.html
http://www.floridaplants.com/xeri.html
http://www.sfwmd.gov/images/pdfs/splash/splxeris.pdf (broken link)
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Old 05-06-2007, 05:03 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Also a call to your local Extension office will result in tons of helpful information.

karla
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL and Vero Beach, Fl
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Thank you both for the excellent suggestions and tips.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:53 PM
 
Location: The Styxxx OK
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In Colorado, we xeriscaped with different sizes and colors of rocks interspersed with native and drought tolerant plants. We covered the whole front and side yard in swirly patterns of rocks with pathways and areas for plants. Doing a third of an acre in rocks is very labor intensive, but was beautiful when done.
Since we were in a severe drought for several years, we saved the bath water and hand watered with it. I had the best plants on the block!!!!
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:26 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Rocks and gravel are not a good choice for Florida because we have lots of trees and, believe it or not, rain. Gravel looks good for about a week then it starts looking dirty from fallen debris, mold and dirt.

If you do xeri-scaping you have to try and understand and mimic your local ecosystems. South Florida has some wonderful natives. And a few drought tolerant exotics will add color.
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