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The 7 Principles of Denver Xeriscaping Design – Save Money and Water

June 2, 2016

We have a finite amount of water in Denver, and in some years, less than others. By grouping plants by their water needs, using mulch and drought tolerant plants, you will be conserving water, and therefore lowering your water bill. Here at My Denver Landscaper, we are your Denver service experts fully qualified to deliver and maintain impressive, functional, and enduring outdoor environments.

For most of the western United States, over fifty percent of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 60% or more. Your landscape is an investment in your comfort and in the value of your property. A good Xeriscape will increase your property value by as much as 15%. Xeriscape can also reduce water and maintenance costs by up to 60%.

Defining Xeriscape

Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that involves choosing plants that are appropriate to their site and creating a landscape that can be maintained with very little supplemental watering. Xeriscaping was a word coined in the 1970's in Denver, to refer to water-wise, or water-efficient, landscaping.

The Seven Principles of Xeriscaping

1. Planning and Design - Have a Plan. Don’t fight your site. Create planting zones and group your plants by their needs.

2. Choose Appropriate Plant Material. Incorporate a few plants that need to be coddled, but for the most part, selecting plants that thrive in your area during low water conditions will give you the best results. This often includes native plants that we take for granted.

3. Soil Improvement. The key, as always, is incorporating generous amounts of organic matter. This will improve water penetration and retention in any type of soil.

4. Mulch. Mulching is a naturally occurring process, but we want things tidy, and we rake away all the leaves and debris that could decay into the soil to nourish it. Mulch moderates soil temperature, holds moisture, slows erosion, and suppresses weeds that would compete with your plants for food and water. It also gradually decomposes and feeds the soil.

5. Practical and Appropriate Turf Areas. Most of us still want some areas of lawn in our landscape, and many of us want way too much lawn. Plant grass sparingly. Remember, grass takes 2-3 times more water than a xeriscaped landscape.

6. Efficient Watering. Not all plants need the same amount of water and those needs may change with the seasons. Use efficient watering systems.

7. Appropriate Maintenance. Yes, even
a xeriscape garden will require maintenance. Watering, weeding, pruning, deadheading and organic pest management will all factor into the quality of your garden.

Give My Denver Landscapers, LLC a call for a free estimate for all of your Denver landscaping services. We will meet or exceed your expectations. Each project we undertake is managed with detailed professional attention. Once My Denver Landscaper undertakes a project, we dedicate all of our skills, experience and full resources to seeing it through to a successful completion in the most efficient, methodical and thorough manner.