The relatively low humidity in Denver means beautiful sun-filled days. It also means conserving water is important. If you’re interested in creating a water-efficient landscape for your home or property, make sure you incorporate these four tips into your outdoor project.
Soil Prep –
Before you start planting, good soil prep is key to successful planting. Amend your beds with compost or planters mix and till to a minimum of 6” deep, the deeper, the better. A good soil prepped bed will allow for your plants to be more tolerant of drought like conditions. It’s hard to soil prep after you plant, so plan and don’t skimp on adding good soil!
What will make it wet –
The best time to water is in the morning, so fungus doesn’t attempt to grow with your plants overnight. Installing an irrigation system ensures you can sleep as late as you want. Just make sure your system includes a rain sensor that will shut down the system when it measures the pre-determined amount of water needed for your landscape.
Right Plant. Right Place –
Every site has microclimates, make sure to understand what the microclimates are on your property. Group plants that have similar water and sun exposure needs together.
Make use of mulch –
It reduces water evaporation and protects a plant’s root zone from weeds. It also can keep an even soil temperature. Permanent mulches like rocks do not improve soil structure like organic mulches (bark mulch, compost, and pine needles). Just be sure to keep at no more than a 2 to 3” depth and have a small gap around your tree trunks and plants to prevent mold growth