Using native plants that require little water (less than 15” of water per growing season) in your landscape, not only reduces water but also increases the chances of plant survival. Check out Castle Rock’s recommended plants with our Plant Finder.
Plan for hydro-zoning
Place plants with similar watering needs together. Also, place plants requiring more water near downspouts and those that need less water in hard to water places. By grouping plant types together and identifying shade patterns, watering zones can be created. These zones allow you to give each type of plant just the right amount of water – not too much or too little. For more information on xeriscaping and how to hydro-zone, consider joining us for one of our xeric design workshops.
Reduce turf area
Remove some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn and install more xeric plants, decks and paths. You can save 30-60 gallons of water, each time you water a 1,000 sq. ft. area. Plus, you won't have to mow as much. Also, Castle Rock Water offers turf removal / smartscape rebates.
Choose shrubs and groundcover
Eliminate turf in hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated or narrow strips and replace with plants requiring less water.
Have an efficient sprinkler system
Hire a qualified professional to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently. View a list of registered landscape professionals in Castle Rock. These landscapers are knowledgeable about water efficiency techniques.