Xeriscaping is a landscaping philosophy that uses as many native, drought-resistant plants as possible and arranges them in efficient, water-saving ways. The practice can include the use of water absorbent stones and stone-lined swales as part of the overall sustainable concept.
The City, in its drive for continuous improvement in maintenance / sustainability standards, adopted this concept in all redevelopment projects which included Ridgewood Avenue as well as continually maintained medians and rights of ways. The same concept is being used in the redevelopment of North Atlantic Avenue and will be used in the redevelopment West Central Avenue.
- Reduce supplemental water needed used for irrigation.
- Reduce plant runoff into storm water system from grass clippings.
- Significantly reduce carbon footprint and maintenance costs by not having to continuously mow, weed, edge and blow small patches of grass.
- Reduce pollutants to lagoon by eliminating need to fertilize.
- Improve water retention by using porous river stones.
- Improve aesthetics by reducing yellow/muddy/dead grass where cars and public can accidentally drive or walk on.
- Improve ecosystem by using native species plants and pollinators.
Xeriscape Concept at Wagner Park:
- Although in its early stages of completion, this pocket parks already hosts 50 native cord grasses that were planted in the stone line swale on the rear of the property.
- When complete, will host over 300 plants and trees, including Muhly Grass, Blanket Flower, Dune Sunflower, Sea grape, Royal Poinciana, Sand Cordgrass, Coontines, Orange Milkweed, Dwarf Firebush and Dwarf Fakahatchee Grass. Many of these plants are friendly to butterflies and other important pollinators. Because of this, Wagner Park has officially been designated a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch, a nonprofit “education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration”.