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Creative conservation

October 12, 2009|By Christopher Cadelago

Area landscape consultants are reporting a marked increase in the number of residents seeking drought-tolerant and native plants in the face of rising water rates and rationing measures.

At the same time, residents are seeking other creative ways to conserve, including installing water-efficient plumbing, artificial turf and homemade devices.

“I think that people, particularly those who are young and environmentally aware, are becoming more water-conscious and doing their part,” said Chris VanDeusen, a manager and landscape consultant at Sheridan Gardens Nursery.

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VanDeusen and her team spent the better part of the summer fielding about 50% more calls from residents looking to decrease the size of the lawns, plant succulent and cactuses and lay down flagstone and gravel.

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