The Beginner's Guide to ColoradoScape in Castle Rock
We live in the arid, high desert climate of beautiful Colorado and inserting high-water use landscapes into our yards just doesn’t make sense. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a lush garden. ColoradoScapes are landscapes that bring in lots of color, plant variety and texture to the garden that are conducive to our natural surroundings. Let Kentucky keep its Bluegrass and bring me Columbines, Lupines and Rockcress. A low-water yard does not have to sacrifice greenery. You can get a water-wise garden in three easy steps.
- First survey your yard. Look for areas that get more sun, are on slopes or hard to water. Remove turf and place hardier plants here.
- Next, and the most important step, improve your soil in planting areas. Mix compost 6 inches down into that Castle Rock clay to promote deep root growth.
- Finally, adjust your irrigation. Sprinklers can lose a lot of water to evaporation, so retrofit landscape beds to drip and spray emitters.
If you want a bit more information, visit CRconserve.com with the 7 Steps to Xeriscaping, a Plant Finder with more than 275 plants that do well in Castle Rock, and tips on how to make the most of your irrigation.