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t might be a dry year in Colorado this year. Even in “wet” times, our boom of population
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means that water This  ower garden receives no water resources are other than natural precipitation.
always stretched
during the summer months. Perhaps you’ve decided to re-evaluate your landscape for water-use and install a drought-tolerant xeriscape (“xeri” is from the Greek for “dry”). Here are some things to keep in mind.
Some perennial garden favorites can use as much (or more) water than turfgrass. A wide selection of Colorado-native and adapted plants is available in the nursery trade though, for a low-water, resilient  ower or shrubgarden. Usingnativeandadaptedplantsnotonly saves water but can reduce the need for other garden inputs like soil amendments and fertilizers.
If you are new to gardening in Colorado, be careful not to over-commit. New xeriscapes, like any new garden, require maintenance to keep them weed-free and growing. Start your transformation with an area of manageable size for you and have a maintenance plan (for example, you might choose to check the garden and manage weeds at a set time every day).
Step One: Remove existing plants, mulch, and landscape fabric. Be sure that any turf and weeds are completely dead or removed before proceeding.
Step Two: Evaluate the soil and amend as needed. Compaction is among the largest challenges for Colorado landscapes to overcome, even for native and adaptedplantsinaxeriscape. Preventsoilcompaction in your new gardens but not walking or driving in them
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