Water-conserving landscapes: An evaluation of homeowner preference
Journal of Extension
Journal of Extension, Inc.
Landscape preferences were assessed for three identically designed Xeriscapes™, differing only in the plant material, under both well-watered and drought conditions. The classes of plant material included traditional (high water use), intermediate (moderate water use), and native/adapted plant species of the Intermountain West (low water use). Landscapes were subjected to a 5-week dry-down period. Under drought conditions, respondents preferred drought/adapted and intermediate landscapes to traditional landscapes. A focus on Xeriscape™ education, practices, and visual exposure may result in greater adoption of Xeriscape™ practices by homeowners and may also result in significant residential water savings.
McCammon*, Tony A., Sandra T. Marquardt-Pyatt, Kelly L. Kopp. 2009. Water-conserving landscapes: An evaluation of homeowner preference. Journal of Extension. 47 (2). http://www.joe.org/joe/2009april/rb5.php.