Why You Should Consider Xeriscaping
In Colorado, the word drought is always a hot topic. Conserving water is a huge part of life in Colorado. With the hot summer days, it can take a lot of water to keep your lawn lush and green. What’s the best way to have a beautiful yard and conserve water? Xeriscape landscaping!
How Xeriscaping Conserves Water
Conservation of water is the main component when thinking about xeriscaping.
In Colorado, green grass requires so much water. In order to keep your lawn lush, you’ll need to water it in the morning and evening for twenty minutes, sometimes moving the sprinkler around. It’s a lot of work and a lot of hassle. You may not even end up with green grass; it could be patchy and brown or you could get crab grass. Them, to go along with all that hard work, you’ll also receive a hefty water bill each month.
Xeriscaping reduces all that headache. How? Xeriscape landscaping reduces or eliminates the need for grass. The biggest impact xeriscaping makes is by eliminating irrigated grass. Whether you are designing a new yard or renovating an existing yard to install grass only in the area that can be useable—such as a place for the kids to kick the ball around or a small area for your pets. This means a smaller area to water, no more moving a sprinkler, no more patchy grass, and no more giant water bill.
Xeriscaping doesn’t eliminate all your watering needs. Some plants will need water, but it will be significantly less water. A great way to conserve water is to harvesting rain water. This can be done by using a barrel or other water harvesting containers. Then use the stored water from the rain to water your plants instead of the water from the hose.
Still Beautiful Without Grass
Reducing or eliminating irrigated grass allows for the remainder of the yard to create interest using native plants and trees. Plants native to Colorado are used to the dry, hot climate. They are well adept to surviving in drought conditions. Some of these beautiful plants include potentillas, Russian sage, ornamental grasses, spirea, and butterfly bushes to name a few. Trees are also a great option for xeriscaping. Some perfect xeriscape trees are the piñon pine, Hawthorne, or ponderosa pine.
Having these natural plants in your front or back yard—a piece of Colorado wildlife—will build a sense of connection to the rest of nature around you. Some plants may even attract wildlife like butterflies, bees, and birds.
Xeriscaping isn’t limited to just plants either. Using rocks and other features can enhance your yard’s appeal. For example, mixing xeriscape-friendly plants with accent boulders or beautiful retaining wall designs can become the backyard paradise you never knew you wanted. You can even include a winding dry creek and some berms which offer a pleasing, soft, efficient landscape.
If you’re ready to take the leap into Xeriscaping, we can help! Our team of expert landscapers will work with you to design a beautiful yard that will fit your unique needs. We work on both residential and commercial properties and our customer service is second to none. Our experts are well-versed in all things xeriscape and cane help you choose which plants and features will create an amazing outdoor living space for you and your family.
Contact us today to start your journey today!