One way to reduce the water a lawn needs is to reduce the amount of lawn. Determine the location and the amount of lawn really needed for landscape and recreation. Sometimes a lawn can simply be a pathway, leading from one end of the property to the other. Consider a patio or deck to create a living space that requires no water.
When designing a garden, think about where water naturally collects, such as under the down spouts of a house, at the bottom of a slope and adjacent to the lawn. Reserve these spots for plants that require more water. Also, for convenience, keep plants that require more water close to the house. Tops of slopes, southern exposures and under-used areas are excellent sites for plants that require less water.
For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).
- Ornamental Grasses
- Wildflowers in Colorado
- Xeriscaping: Retrofit Your Yard
- Choosing a Soil Amendment
- Drip Irrigation for Home gardens
- Lawn Care
- Xeriscaping: Creative Landscaping
- Xeriscaping: Trees and Shrubs
- Xeriscaping: Ground Cover Plants
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Updated Tuesday, November 19, 2013