Landscape Water Conservation…Nature-ly Just like many a home’s landscape, my back yard used to be all grass. As we continue to experience drought conditions…water conservation is becoming ever more critically important and prudent. While artificial turf can be an attractive option depending on a homeowner’s usage needs, it requires a significant upfront cost for installation that can be amortized over time from water and maintenance savings. As Certified, Green Gardeners (www.greengarderner.org) my preference was to incorporate a more natural option…Xeriscaping…utilizing drought tolerant plants, shrubs and trees, mulch, and decomposed granite pathways. The result? The creation of multiple areas of outdoor entertaining and enjoyment with natural beauty views of Mother Nature….along withlow garden maintenance. My total water bill (household and landscaping) now averages < $50/mo. and the cost of installation was far less expensive than other landscape options.