Xeriscaping to be in Phnom Penh?

As much as I concern, Phnom Penh city has many public parks but none of them use xeriscaping technique. So what is xeriscaping, you ask? Xeriscaping (often incorrectly spelled zero-scaping or xeroscaping) is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Don’t bother look at wikipedia because I copied the definition from that. Anyway, the reason why I bring this xeriscaping up because I am bothered with Phnom Penh’s public parks. They are rather boring, filthy, smelly, and consume a lot of water. Oh yeah I almost forget to put a picture for you to see the beauty of xeriscaping.

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Link to this image.

 

Beautiful, is it? If your answer is no then I must say that you have a traditional mind of traditional gardening which uses turf grass. Do you know that turf grass can use up to 3 times as much as trees? Yeah! the traditional gardening uses, I should say ”waste”, a lot of water. Again! The traditiontal gardening wastes a lot of water also it needs fertilizers, and lawn mower to trim it. On the other hand, xeriscaping has many benefits over the traditional gardening.

  • Save water
  • Need less maintenace
  • No fertiliszer or pesticide need
  • Improve urban landscape
  • Pollution free
  • less cost to maintenance

Despite those benefits, it also has many draw back too.

  • Most people just couldn’t accept the fact that xeriscaping is better than turf, and flowers
  • Some plants that consume less water have thorns or serrated edges so they are bad for your pet, your kids and you
  • Less turf for sporting; I am talking about kids play football on grass
  • And the cost of setting it up is no cheap

Well, it is not cheap but it is a long term investment and it saves water which means it saves your money too.

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Just trees and turf grass.
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Boring landscaping!

Look at Phnom Penh public parks here! they are badly designed and badly maintenanced. Moreover, a few parts of public parks are used for urination just like India; people just piss everywhere and whenever they need to go.

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Prime Minister of Cambodia is watering a public park in Phnom Penh.

 

Mr. Prime Minister Hun Sen wouldn’t had to water those plants if we have exeriscape so he could happily jog further and be healtheir.

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