Gardeners Embracing "Xeriscaping"

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Nurseries and greenhouses are learning to stay afloat in this drought by becoming versatile.

In the case of one Odessa Garden Center, that means xeriscaping.

Xeriscaping is a combination of using native plants that don't need a lot of water and using mulch and compost to keep water in the ground.

"You put in so many inches of compost and then you put in three to four inches of mulch and then that puts nutrients in your soil," Shirley Kelley, who co-owns Natural Ponds and Gardens, said.

Kelley says she waters her bed once a week for just one hour.