The XGC handbook—Xeriscape
Landscaping in the Austin Area—is currently being
revised and reorganized. The new edition, tentatively titled Xeriscape
Gardening in the Austin Area, is scheduled for publication in
early spring. The content is being updated to reflect the current
thinking among xeriscape gardening professionals. Many new
xeriscape plants and ideas have surfaced since the handbook was
last published which will be included in the new edition.
Some of the highlights include:
The ABCs of planning a
xeriscape, including ideas for year-round color and
Detailed lists of all types
of landscape plants.
Maintenance tips for
different types of plants, including a seasonal
maintenance guide for
Austin and the surrounding
Explanations of Austin area
soil types and ideas for amending problem soils.
Suggestions for appropriate
turf selections (and alternatives).
Discussions about efficient
watering and irrigation systems.
Explanations on effective
Wildscaping tips and ideas on
how to attract (or deter) critters to your garden.