Natural LandscapingBackground Information At a Glance Natural landscaping involves both site design and • Low maintenance plants that plant selection. require little water result in Native plants are adapted to local climate, soil and better water quality because environmental conditions. Properly placed, they there is less runoff, and less require very little maintenance and water – and that need for pesticides and fertil- means better water quality because there is less izers. runoff, and less need for pesticides and fertilizers. • Native plants, which are Non-native Xeriscape plants also require less water adapted to local climate, soil and chemical support and may be good landscape and environmental conditions, choices as long as they are not on the state’s are often used in natural noxious weeds list. landscaping design. • Non-native Xeriscape plantsCommunity Strategies may also be good choices as • As a key part of site planning, preserve and long as they are not on the enhance existing natural areas such as prairies, state’s noxious weeds list. wetlands and floodplains. • Encourage the use of native species and/or Xeri- scaping in your community’s landscape design criteria. • Contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at (775) 784-4848 for information about training programs for home landscape professionals concerning best management practices for land- scape design and maintenance. The photos of both these gardens illustrate that xeriscape does not have to be “zero-scape!”
Natural LandscapingSome Examples • Washoe County Development Code (section 110.412.25) encourages preserving existing vegetation and ecological communities where appropriate and feasible. • The Truckee Meadows Water Authority has developed a landscaping guide: Landscaping in the Truckee Meadows. It lists trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that are drought tolerant and grow well in our area. The original booklet is out of print, but at interactive website exists at www.tmh20.com.For More Information City of Aurora Landscape Requirements Manual <www.auroragov.org/documents/CTY_PL_LandscapeManual.pdf> City of Broomfield 1995 Master Plan <www.ci.broomfield.co.us/planning/masterplan/99MP1_97.html> Colorado State University Gardening On Line Fact Sheets <www.ext.colostate.edu/PUBS/GARDEN/pubgard.html> EPA – A Sourcebook on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials <www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/toolkit/chap1.html#WHAT%20IS> Landscaping in the Truckee Meadows <www.tmh2o.com> Truckee Meadows Water Authority Interactive Landscape Guide Both of these accent <www.tmh2o.com/landscape_guide/interactive/frontpage.php> plants do well in Nevada’s climate, making them University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Ask a Master Gardener excellent candidates for <www.unce.unr.edu/mastergardener/mastergardener.html> xeriscape gardens. Water Efficient Landscape Design Model Ordinance <www.dola.state.co.us/smartgrowth/documents/Water%20Efficient%20Landscaping%20 Design.pdf> Water-Efficient Landscaping: Preventing Pollution and Using Resources Wisely <www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/water-efficiency/final_final.pdf> WaterWise Landscaping Best Practices Manual: A Companion to the Landscape Design Ordinance <www.dola.state.co.us/smartgrowth/documents/WaterWise%20Lands caping%20Best%20Practices%20Manual.PDF> Protecting water quality through community planningAdapted with permission from the Water Protection Toolkit for Local Officials, AWARE Colorado.