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Take the Kentucky out of Colorado

Residents know, Colorado's weather is unbeatable. Being in the southwest, the state's high, arid climate makes for a beautiful landscape. However, our blue skies only yield about 15 inches of rain per year, and that can be tough for non-native vegetation.

Kentucky bluegrass lawns work well in Kentucky because annually the state gets 40 to 50 inches of rain! The stereotype of the 1950s home with the green lawn and white picket fence is outdated. So, step into 2018 Colorado and relish our colorful environment with a yard that isn’t just green.

Remove some lawn and replace it with a purple salvia or red burning bush amid a bed of crushed granite or rounded river rock. Add some blue columbine and yellow cone flowers along a red flagstone path. Brighten a wooden deck with white silver lace vine.

Embrace Colorado, get rid of Kentucky and bring a colorful ColoradoScape to your yard. Visit CRconserve.com for great plants, designs and tips on how to ColoradoScape.

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Battling brown spots in your lawn?

Believe it or not, but pouring more water onto your lawn may not be the best way to keep it green. A little detective work may be needed to make sure your lawn stays healthy, and green, all summer long.

First, more water means shallow roots which weakens the grass (requiring even more water.) Most brown spots are due to misaligned sprinkler heads. For proper coverage, the spray from each sprinkler should reach all the way to the other sprinkler head. Keep in mind, most lawns go dormant and brown during the heat of summer. More water doesn’t help, just cooler weather.

Another tip, keep your mowing height at 2 or 3 inches. Leaving your lawn higher reduces transpiration (evaporation from the plant surfaces). Plus, make sure the mower blades are sharp. Dull blades create rough cuts which will cause grass blades to brown and make them more susceptible to disease.

Finally, grab a handful of the brown grass and give it a steady pull. If the grass is firmly rooted, that points to lawn burn from pet urine. If the whole bunch of grass pulls up, roots and all, you may be dealing with a disease or bug problem. 

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Testing the waters

August is National Water Quality Month, and the perfect time to find out about the processes to ensuring great Castle Rock water. Book a free tour of the state-of-the-art Plum Creek Water Purification Facility to find out more.

The hour-long tour, held the fourth Wednesday of each month, takes visitors through the five-step treatment process. Learn how aeration, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection eradicate the bacteria, viruses, fungi and iron from the water. See the computer automation keeping tabs on each process in the Town-wide distribution system. Observe the lab technicians testing the water at each step. And, visit with plant operators, always on-call, to ensure safe and reliable water 24/7. 

Register for a tour.

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