Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Comparison of Xeric vs. Turf Lawns in San Angelo, Texas

Throughout the past decade, the city of San Angelo, Texas and surrounding areas have experienced extreme drought levels and consequent water shortages that have caused homeowners and businesses to go to great lengths in order to conserve water. This project used cost-effectiveness analysis to compare the economic efficiency of a water conservation method called xeriscaping to the efficiency of traditional turf landscaping. It compares the initial fixed costs, such as materials and installation costs, to variable reoccurring costs, such as maintenance and lawn care expenses. The uniform comparison provides a user-friendly reference guide to aide consumers in the decision making process when comparing various landscaping plans. It was concluded that one hundred percent xeric yards are the most cost efficient, but any of the alternatives presented that involve a portion of xeriscaped area, no matter how small, proved to be more efficient than one hundred percent turf.

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SS-AAEA Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2013
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