Your desert gardens don’t have to consist only of prickly plants, rocks and stones if you know how to select drought resistant desert plants. Lesley Mitchell writes that the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is working to change that perception through its Conservation Garden Park, workshops, classes and a searchable database of more than 800 drought resistant desert plants. Lesley interviews several people who offer helpful information.
. . . many Utah households use double the amount of water needed to keep their lawns lush and green, Smith (conservation analyst)said. The center can show homeowners how to measure their watering and, if needed, cut back without sacrificing any aesthetics. “If you’re doing gardening and landscaping the right way, your yard will look nice, and you’re going to save water,” he said. That’s why waterwise landscaping and gardening — either through planting drought-resistant plant varieties or changing watering habits, or both — also can save money, Smith said.
Even though Utah’s water rates are lower than other desert areas, Lesley indicates that conserving water is still the ecologically correct thing to do. In recognition of the fact, there are governmental agencies that are rewarding people who do so.
For example, the city of West Jordan has a Street Tree Program that reimburses residents up to 50 percent of the cost of planting approved trees — up to $25 per tree. Residents can be reimbursed for up to two trees, with those living on a corner lot reimbursed for up to four trees. The city also has a Water-Wise Plant Rebate Program, which offers a $50 rebate to those who plant smartly. This rebate is available to West Jordan city residents through June 30. Both rebates have specific requirements, so residents should read the fine print before making any plant purchases, said Steve Glain, water conservation program manager for the City of West Jordan. “They need to buy the right plants and plant them in the right spot [in their yards],” he said.
In addition, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District offers a rebate of up to $275 for the purchase of some types of water-conserving landscape watering equipment. It’s good to see that governmental bodies are supporting ecologically sound programs. Be sure to take advantage of them. Read the rest of Lesley’s article on planting drought resistant desert plants by clicking here or on the link below. We’d be happy to hear from you, and like us on Facebook.