environmental design of residential and park land using various methods for minimizing the need for water use.
[Origin: 1980–85; xer(ic) + (land)scaping]
xeriscape. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/xeriscape (accessed: July 25, 2008).
Bob spent a lot of time and money xeriscaping he was quite pleased with himself for saving water and having a beautiful garden. Perhaps he wouldn't have to spend so much on overhead tarps and heat lamps if he lived in an arid climate like Texas, rather than in the temperate rain forest outside Seattle.