Lawn care enthusiasts and gardeners who live in the arid regions of the desert southwest face a dilemma with maintaining lawns under extreme heat and drought conditions. Wide expanses of turf grass are not feasible in ares where temperatures reach into triple digits and rain is measured in single digits annually. Homeowners faced with dire climate conditions can enhance their yards using a combination of drought tolerant landscaping, rocks, and yes, for  lawn purists, a small amount of turf grass.

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  Selecting turf grass for your lawn depends on your elevation. If you’re in the low desert below 3500 feet, you’ll need to plant a warm season turf grasses such as Bermuda or Zoysia. Elevations between 3500 and 6000 typically require a mixture of warm and cool season grasses. This helps to ensure that your lawn will be green throughout the year, as each type of turfgrass is challenged by inclement conditions as seasons change. Elevations above 6000 feet require cool season grasses including fescue  and rye.

 A significant component of efficient water conservation is an automatic irrigation system designed and programmed for arid conditions. Drip lines and sprinklers can be set to water during cooler evening hours. Replacing some turf grass with xeriscape will add visual interest and a regional touch  to your yard and help with water conservation.

Xeriscape: Not Limited to Cacti
 
Xeriscaping combines a variety of native plants, trees and elements. You can select plants from a wide variety of succulents,cacti, ornamental grasses, ground covers, flowering shrubs and drought tolerant trees and evergreens. Adding features such as river rock, boulders, driftwood and gravel adds texture to your xeriscape and further reduces water use. Balancing lawn areas with xeriscaping enhances the appearance of lawn and garden areas and helps meet water conservation requirements common in arid regions.