Having a healthy landscape will require less maintenance and less water than a neglected one. A little maintenance can help create that healthy landscape. Here are some tips that have proven to be useful.
Best practices in irrigation can have an impact on plant health. The trick is to get water where it is needed, deep into the root zone.
- Water intermittently, according to the every-third-day watering schedule. Watering frequently keeps water at the top of the soil. Not only is the water then more prone to evaporation, but the roots stay shallow, thus needing even more water.
- Watering when it is cool and calm, in the evening, can prevent as much as 20% of the water from evaporating.
- Watering in short, repetitive cycles (Cycle and Soak), pushes the water deeper into the root zone, deepening roots and reinforcing plants against dry conditions, as well as preventing runoff.
- Check that irrigation equipment is functioning properly and not causing overspray or runoff so the water you pay for is going to your landscape, not down the road.
Tools to help
The quickest and most impactful way to conserve water is to make changes in the landscape. Not only does irrigation efficiency help, but so does the type of plant, placement and equipment.
- Rebates for smart irrigation controllers, rotary nozzles, turf replacement, ultra-high-efficiency toilets, whole house water monitoring system.
- Complimentary classes and workshops for irrigation efficiency, winterization and ColoradoScape design.
- Contests and events such as the ColoradoScape Front Yard Makeover help residents understand the benefits of and how to incorporate water efficient practices.
- Having plants that do well in Castle Rock, found in the Plant Finder can conserve water and provide added beauty over a traditional lawn.
Castle Rock has a semi-arid, high desert climate, and lies at an average 6,300-foot elevation. We get less than 15 inches of precipitation per year and are in the 5b hardiness zone. Our landscape should work within our climate and high summer temperatures, elevation, water requirements, exposure, etc. should be considered when choosing plants. Find planning and design tips.