WATER-WISE LANDSCAPING IN THUNDER BAY
The city of Thunder Bay has had an active and award-winning water conservation program for many years. Delivered by EcoSuperior, the program has included initiatives such as outdoor water restrictions, water-saver home visits, ultra low flow toilet rebates, rain barrel sales and more. The goal is to encourage our community to use water wisely, both indoors and out.
The largest source of water consumption outdoors is our lawns. While great green expanses of turf have become the norm, there is a growing movement toward different kinds of landscaping and alternatives to grass.
Xeriscaping is the term often used to describe landscaping that is designed to minimize water use. It is derived from the Greek word xeros meaning “dry.” There are many books and how-to guides to help you xeriscape your yard, but the basic principles are as follows:
• The use of mulch or rock to minimize water loss
• An emphasis on hardy plants native or naturalized to the local climate that do not require supplemental irrigation
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Page last updated on Tuesday, February 02, 2010