Horticulturist Toby Day from the MSU Extension Office recently provided a presentation regarding Xeriscape planting.


Did you know?



Xeriscape does not mean to remove all turf grass but to reduce turf grass.

Group plants according to: Light, moisture, and soil requirements.

Always plant in groups of odd numbers for more pleasing aesthetic results. 1,3,5,7

Remember texture and colors when you choose your plants.



A basic soil test will cost approximately $25.00 and can save a resident money.

Use a tulip bulb planter and collect at least the upper 6 inches of soil in about 10 locations. Mix and sent to a lab.

Improve your soil by incorporating organic matter depending on soil texture.

Any lab can help here are two:

  1. MSE Laboratory Soil Testing Laboratory
    200 Technology Way 103 Waldron Hall, Bolley Drive
    Butte, MT 59701 406-494-7334
  2. North Dakota State University
    Fargo, North Dakota 58105 701-231-8942


Lawn Care:

Water your lawns in the mornings- never in the middle of the day.

Industry standard is 1” of water per week on the average.

A good way to test how much water you are putting on your yard is to scatter several tuna cans out in your yard, run the sprinkler. If watering 3 times per week, the can should be 1/3 full each time you run the sprinkler.

Water new lawns less deeply and more frequently, established lawns more deeply and less frequently.

Drip Irrigation is easier then you think and very beneficial.



Core-aerating the lawn is more beneficial then power raking.

Mowing height recommendation is approximately 2-3 inches.

It is not necessary to remove clippings.



Mulch around the trees helps maintain moisture and improve growing conditions.

Sprinkler systems do not provide enough water for trees.

Water tree at drip edge of branches--- not the trunk of tree.

If you can water in winter months your trees will flourish.

Drip systems provide the most effective deep watering.

Stop watering by Sept 1 to harden-off for winter months.