To further education the community about the beauty and benefits of a ColoradoScape, Castle Rock Water gave away an $8,000 front yard landscape makeover summer 2019.
The Schuman Family won! And, are now enjoying a yard with low-water use plants that provide vibrancy and color with great curb appeal, less maintenance and lower water usage!
Plans are underway for 2020....Check back for your chance to win.
Before: The yard consisted of water-guzzling Kentucky bluegrass that was browning in areas and proved to be overwhelming with mowing and weeding (and watering.)
After: Good yard design has elements that work together. Large boulders ground the yard and break up the rocked area. A spattering of smaller boulders with plants make the rocked area look natural and not overpowering. The mulched area has a mix of evergreen plants, plus various flowers and shrubs that provide color and texture during each season. This first year, the plants are small and have room to grow.
Here a few tips to consider when designing your low-water ColoradoScape
Work with what you've got - a little thinning, transplanting and pruning go a long way
Mix plants with seasonal interest - fall berries, spring blooms or winter evergreens
Give the plant a purpose - create a living wall between spaces and places
Know when to splurge - for immediate impact, buy a few large plants to fill in while the smaller plants grow
Use boulders to ground the landscape and break up large rocked areas
Be patient - it will take new plants 3 years to become established