Unneeded landscapting

Posted Thursday, May. 23, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I wonder if cities will consider rescinding or changing their landscaping requirements for commercial developments in light of our persistent water woes.

If we really wanted folks to conserve water, wouldn’t it be good to stop requiring landscaping that needs constant irrigation and maintenance? Cities require landscaping, then impose water restrictions that could kill it. It must then be replaced to comply with the ordinance.

Many native plants that would be hardy enough to survive without extensive irrigation aren’t acceptable because they’re considered trash or undesirable.

Yes, plants and trees are beautiful additions to developments, but it seems disingenuous to require elaborate landscaping plans that use excessive amounts of water when we face decades of water shortages.

— Teresa Moore, Fort Worth

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