Xeriscape colorado springs

Xeriscape colorado springs

Xeriscape Colorado Springs promotes creative approaches to water conserving landscapes by helping people improve their landscapes and to reduce the need for water, maintenance and other resources.

What is Xerisaping? Xeriscaping and xerogardening refer to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. It is promoted in regions that do not have easily accessible, plentiful, or reliable supplies of fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as climate patterns shift.

Why Xeriscape Colorado? For most of the western United States over fifty percent of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape in Colorado can reduce landscape water use by 60% or more. Efficient water use doesn’t mean changing our lifestyle. It means reducing water waste, such as improper irrigation, and finding ways to achieve attractive, comfortable landscapes without excess water use.

Your landscape is an investment in your comfort and in the value of your property. A good Xeriscape will increase your property value by as much as 15%. Xeriscape can also reduce water and maintenance costs by up to 60%. Xeriscape helps extend water supplies. When water use is restricted, inefficient water-thirsty landscapes suffer first. Protect your landscape investment by drought-proofing it.

Xeriscape Advantages

Lowers consumption of imported or ground water.
More water available for other domestic and community uses and the environment.
Less time and work needed for maintenance effort.
Xeriscape plants in appropriate planting design, and soil grading and mulching, takes full advantage of rainfall retention.
When water restrictions are implemented, by municipality or water costs, xeriscape plants will tend to survive and thrive, while more ornamental plants may be unable to adapt.
Can be visually more interesting than lawns.
Saves a lot of money

Quick Xeriscaping Facts

Proper planning is the first step in landscaping to reduce water use.
Steep slopes with south and west exposures require more frequent water to maintain the same plant cover as east or north slopes.
Terracing slopes reduces runoff.
Limit irrigated bluegrass turf to small or heavily used areas.
Soil preparation is a key to water conservation.
Proper irrigation practices and system design can lead to 30 to 80 percent water savings.

Planning — An Important First Step

Whether you want to redesign an old landscape or start fresh with a new one, a plan is a must. The plan does not have to be elaborate but should take into consideration the exposures on the site. Contact us at Lawn Pros for a free estimate on Xeriscape Colorado. 

Xerigation — Saving Water with Proper Irrigation

Proper irrigation practices can lead to a 30 to 80 percent water savings around the home grounds. If a sprinkler system is already installed, check it for overall coverage. If areas are not properly covered or water is falling on driveways and patios, adjust the system. This may mean replacing heads, adding more heads, or changing heads to do a more efficient job.  Contact us at Lawn Pros for a free estimate on Xeriscape Colorado. 

Slope of Property

Slope or grade is another consideration. Steep slopes, especially those on south and west exposures, waste water through runoff and rapid water evaporation. A drought-resistant ground cover can slow water loss and shade the soil. Strategically placed trees also can shade a severe exposure, creating cooler soil with less evaporation. Terracing slopes helps save water by slowing runoff and permitting more water to soak in.  Contact us at Lawn Pros for a free estimate on Xeriscape Colorado. 

Reduce Irrigated Turf

Avoid narrow strips of turf, hard to maintain corners, and isolated islands of grass that need special attention. Not only is maintenance more costly, but watering becomes difficult, often wasteful.  Contact us at Lawn Pros for a free estimate on Xeriscape Colorado. 

Soil Preparation

Proper soil preparation is the key to successful water conservation. If the soil is very sandy, water and valuable nutrients will be lost due to leaching below the root zone. If your soil is heavy clay, common in this area, you will lose water through runoff.  Contact us at Lawn Pros for a free estimate on Xeriscape Colorado. 

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