The Many Benefits of Water Wise Gardening in the Dry Okanagan, Canada
Capital News Friday, May 20, 2011 www.kelownacapnews.com A19 NEWS▼ XERISCAPINGThe many benefits of water wisegardening in the dry OkanaganW ith the warm- scape Assessment Tool to er weath- determine water use on er, many of your lawn and ideas to re-us are already working duce it, a database of 400in our yards, visiting gar- water-wise plants for theden centers, planning our Okanagan, and a listing ofgardens, and getting our nurseries specializing inlawnmower out. native or xeriscape plants. How we plant and During watering re- your family’s health, the For more on Oka-what we plant can have strictions, xeriscape gar- environment and keeps nagan WaterWise, visita tremendous impact on dens thrive compared to toxic chemicals out of our www.okwaterwise.ca.how much water we use. conventional landscapes. drinking water. Okanagan Water- Did you know that And, over a 20-year For existing land- Wise is an initiative of theabout 24 per cent of the period, a well-designed scapes, start small. Im- Okanagan Basin WaterOkanagan’s water is used and maintained xeriscape mediate water savings can Board. Gwen Steele is theon residential lawns and can cost as little as 30 per be achieved by covering executive director of thegardens? cent of what it would cost bare soil with a five cen- Okanagan Xeriscape As- AUDREY WAGNER/CONTRIBUTOR In fact, on average, to maintain a convention- timetre layer of organic sociation and a Capital AUDREY WAGNER’S two-year-old garden in Kelowna’s South Slopes area,Okanagan residents use al lawn-based landscape. mulch. News columnist. reclaimed from a patch of lawn.more than two times more Avoid rock mulch as it ‘‘water than the average intensifies heat and is hardCanadian. to weed. O Yet we have less avail- Check irrigation sys-able per person than al- tems for leaks, and adjust ver 130 new and used RV’s available and with the strength ofmost anywhere in Can- WHILE WE for weather and season.ada. 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