What should a newcomer to Colorado know about the method of "zero-scaping" to save water?

Gardens & Landscapes December 02, 2009|Print
Actually, the term is "xeriscaping" and it was coined to describe landscaping with water conservation as a major objective. The first step is to have a plan that takes into consideration the exposures on the site. South and west exposures result in the driest areas, but there are many plants that can adapt to these conditions. Proper soil preparation is key to successful water conservation and a xeriscape landscape. A good soil is not made in one year--organic matter should be added annually to garden areas. Proper irrigation can lead to a 30 to 80 percent water savings around the home grounds. Coordinating the landscape design, selection of plants, and the irrigation system will result in a sensible water-saving scheme. For further information, see the fact sheets: Xeriscaping: Creative Landscaping Xeriscaping: Ground Cover Plants