Title

Water-conserving landscapes: An evaluation of homeowner preference

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Extension

Volume

47

Issue

2

Publisher

Journal of Extension, Inc.

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Abstract

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.

Comments

*indicates graduate student co-author

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