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CARLSBAD, N.M. -- The Carlsbad Soil and Water Conservation
District plans three garden plots to demonstrate landscaping that
The state Soil and Water Conservation Commission gave the district
a $4,500 grant to install xeriscape garden plots on district
property, said conservation district manager Aaron Curbello.
The district plans three 25- by 25-foot plots -- one that
demonstrates landscaping that uses no water use, one that shows
landscaping that uses a small amount of water and a third with native
plants that use little water, Curbello said.
"The goal for the demonstration plots is to educate the community
that it's OK to xeriscape their property and that it doesn't require
them to hire a landscaper to do it," he said.
Many beautiful native plants and trees thrive in local soils,
"There are also plants and trees that are not native to New
Mexico, but thrive in our desert-type climate," he said. "Arizona ash
is a tree that does very well in Carlsbad. Ash trees like the
fractured alkaline soil in Carlsbad. They don't require a whole lot
of water. Desert willows and Mexican elder trees are
drought-resistant and do well here also."
The landscapes will have cards identifying the plants. The
district also will offer diagrams of the watering systems and
"The ultimate goal of this project is to show our neighbors who
live in the city that they can conserve water and still have a
beautiful landscape that they can be proud of," Curbello said.
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