Spring is here! Now is the perfect time to think about your home’s landscaping for the coming year. Using water-saving measures can help you save money while also protecting our local environment. These tips will help you install landscaping that uses as little water as possible.
Use Native Specimens
Native specimens are plants that are native to the area and therefore are automatically adapted to the amount of water that we can expect in a typical growing season. Native plants may need extra water while their roots are taking hold in the ground, but once they've adapted to the area, they may not need any additional attention throughout the growing season. Some typical native plants in the Colorado Springs area include:
- Colorado Blue Columbine, Blue Mist Spirea, Manzanita
- Rabbittbrush, Russian sage, Buffaloberry
- Serviceberry, Lead plant, three leaf sumac, Mahogany
These plants grow all over Colorado and are suited to dry climates. Once established, these plants will need little or no supplemental watering.
Put Plants With Similar Water Needs Together
While some plants like wet feet, others need to dry out between waterings. By positioning thirsty plants next to other plants that need a lot of water you can concentrate your heavier watering sessions in one area of your yard or lawn.
Although thirsty plants are always less practical than plants that can tolerate dry spells, this is the most water efficient way to keep these plants as a part of the landscaping.
Mulch helps shade the soil and prevent water from evaporating after watering. Mulch keeps plants cooler than rock. This popular garden bed feature can help save money throughout the growing season.
Install Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation is designed to deliver accurate plants. A drip irrigation system will provide a slow trickle of water to ensure that the liquid has time to be absorbed by the plant without running off.
Use Drought Tolerant Plants
The term drought tolerant is often used to describe any plant that can go a long time without water. However, this term is relative; for example, what is considered drought tolerant in Colorado may not be considered drought tolerant in the Arizona desert.
Homeowners seeking drought-tolerant plants for their Colorado yards and flowerbeds can consult with a professional at Bear Claw to find out which plants are truly drought tolerant for the area.
Those who want to pick their own drought-tolerant plants must remember to check the USDA grow zone of each plant before installing one in the ground. In Colorado Springs, the grow zone is 5A through 6A. Matching the grow zone to the plant helps ensure that the plant will survive in the area.
Relandscape With Xeriscaping
Xeriscaping is the method that landscaping companies use to create the most water-efficient landscape possible. Xeriscaping may involve installing a rock bed or rock mulch, adding a winding path to enable people to access patios, desks or outdoor living spaces.
This type of landscaping requires a very thorough understanding of landscape aesthetics and the principles of xeriscaping. The best way to use this water-saving method is to contact a landscaping company with proper training and experience. When trying to pick a landscaping company, choose a business with a portfolio that shows xeriscaping experience.
At Bear Claw Landscaping Inc., our experienced staff would be happy to answer any of your questions about water saving techniques. If you’re interested, then we’ll also tell you how you can get started with xeriscaping. To find out more, contact us today.