Xeriscape In Denver! 4 Easy Techniques For Your Yard
Hands down the biggest expense for landscaping is watering. Denver’s semi-arid climate multiplies the challenges as we can only water during certain times of the day and such.
Xeriscaping is an incredible alternative! Creating a garden which reduces or eliminates the need for water can save you approximately 9,450 gallons of water each month (University of Georgia study). That can easily reduce your Denver water bill by $20+ every month! So to pick up this technique’s basics, here are some tips from RISMedia.com.
- Get smart about watering. Use a drip irrigation system or soaker hose when watering your landscape. Keeping your plants’ roots moist is essential for conservation.
- Supplement the soil. To successfully xeriscape your garden depends on the soil. The more it drains or dries out, the more water you have to use. So to improve your soil’s water retention, supplement with compost or manure. Also consider adding a layer of mulch (leaves or wood chips) for additional support.
- Draw new turf borders. Reducing the amount of grass in your yard is another key component to xeriscaping. And just think…that less mowing! Taller grass actually acts like mulch. So use a reel mower to trim the grass’ blades by just a third
- Go native. Many plants that thrive in Denver’s climate can handle a xeriscape garden. Ask your local garden center for advice. They may suggest cacti, agave, juniper and lavender; herbs like thyme and sage and foods like sapodilla fruits or black walnuts.