Because of the limited water supply, it is sometimes very hard to grow a beautiful garden and start a landscaping project in Colorado. But with basic and simple water conservation principles and tips, anyone can maximize the available water supply and create a healthy and drought-resistant landscape.
- Don’t water the lawn and planting beds to much. Just water when needed. You can know when you need to water by doing a simple test. Check soil moisture by inserting a 6-inch screwdriver into the soil. If it’s easy to insert the screwdriver, you don’t need to water.
- When you have to water, water at night. Avoid watering during the heat of the day or when the wind is blowing as to not just waste the water because it will just easily dry up. When you have sprinklers, make sure that it only hit the landscape and not the sidewalks, driveways, windows and other things that don’t need water.
- If it just rained, skip watering especially on days following 1/2 inch or more of rain.
- Check your sprinkler system regularly to make sure they are functioning properly. Also, learn how to operate them manually because this can save more water.
- For lawn grass, know how and when to aerate. Core aeration is an important part of lawn maintenance, because it relieves soil compaction and allows better water, air and fertilizer penetration. The result is less water run-off and better plant health. Aerate in the spring and fall under moderate moisture conditions for best results.
- Mow efficiently by setting the mower at the highest levels possible. Also make sure that the blade is sharp. After mowing, leave the clippings on the turf and use a mulching mower to recycle the moister, as well as the nutrients back into the yard.
- Use fertilizers moderately and reduce nitrogen application rates. This is because lush and fast growing grass uses more water.
- When watering flowering plants, know the tolerance of those you are growing. If you can, select and plant flowers by their specific water and sunlight needs. There are many low water-using flowers available and just grow those.
- Improve the soil quality by mixing in soil amendments like peat moss, compost or other organic material for maximum water efficiency and growth.
- If you have newly planted flowers, check and water then daily for a short time during the first two weeks to help get established. Then gradually reduce water.
- If you have a new landscape, remember that establishing new plants and lawns will initially require more water. Be sure to adjust the initial water cycles to maintenance levels after the landscape is established. Also to remember to mulch wherever possible to conserve moisture.
These are just some tips you can use to save water if you’re living anywhere in the Colorado region. You can also use these reminders if you live in a region with low water supply. If you have any other tips you want to share, do so via the comment section below.