Xeriscape: Planting For Water Conservation

Xeriscape is not a character from a science fiction movie, but it is a useful tool in beautifying your lawn with water conservation in mind. In Connecticut, we are prone to dry summers (well, maybe not lately!) so in order to use water efficiently, it is wise to partake in xeriscaping. Xeriscape, pronounced ZEER-is-cape, is planting native plants that are drought resistant and thus, require less watering and in many cases, low maintenance. This means less money and effort spent on fertilizing, landscaping, and water!

Below are several plant recommendations for your xeriscape garden:


–        Joe Pye Weed

–        Butterfly Weed

–        Moss Phlox

Ornamental Grass – Butterfly Weed:

–        Switchgrass

Ground Cover:

–        Creeping Juniper

–        Bearberry


–        Inkberry Switchgrass

–        Blueberry, lowbush


–        Sage

–        Thyme

–        Lavender

History of the Lawn Sprinkler Systems

The “lawn” as we know it, enjoyed by families for recreational purposes, was first relished by the wealthy of Europe in the 18th century. As lawns became more popular, it became necessary to provide water to areas where rain could not maintain them.

Who invented the lawn sprinkler?

The first lawn sprinkler US patent was registered to J. Lessler of Buffalo, New York (#121949) in 1871, which was activated with the help of gardening hose. In the twentieth century, the rotating sprinkler heads were made out of aluminum tubing, plastic, rubber and watered lawns across America. These sprinklers had adjustable oscillating heads with a metal arm that sprayed out water in an adjustable fan shape to an area up to 600 square feet (55.7 sq. meters).

As the awareness of water conservation grows, water efficient technology is being implemented and more customers are concerned with creating water efficient layouts for their lawn sprinklers. Summer Rain Sprinklers understands that water conservation on a global scale starts in your backyard. We use water efficient systems and our design team is well educated in how to properly design your lawn sprinkler layout so that you save water and save money. After all, your sidewalk doesn’t need watering!