Xeriscape in Colorado

In a dry state like Colorado, Xeriscaping is an environmentally friendly style of landscape design that is easy on the wallet (once it’s in place) and aesthetically pleasing. 

What is Xeriscaping?

“Xeros” is the Greek word for dry, and our very own Denver Water coined the term Xeriscape in 1981 to describe the style of landscaping with water conservation as its fundamental principle. It emphasizes the use of native plants, larger mulched areas, soil improvement to improve retention and drainage, efficient irrigation, plantings, and limited use of turf or grass. 

I see beautiful xeriscaped yards in Denver every day in my  neighborhood and around town. Check my Pinterest board here for more pictures of this style. 

Advantages of Xeriscaping

Lower water bills – reduce landscape water use by 50 percent or more 

Less depletion of natural resources

Less mowing for less turf (and less gas for lawn mowers) 

Plants fare better during drought or water-restricted times

Native plants thrive in their own habitat

Attractive to wildlife, friendly to insects and fauna

Quality landscaping improves property value 

Less fertilizers or pesticides required with native plants

Drawbacks to Xeriscaping

Rougher vegetation – less lush green grass

Weed control is a must

Design requires proper layout and good planning — which can mean pricier upfront costs for long-term effectiveness

“Hydrozoning” requires grouping like plants together so they can be watered together – may require more complex irrigation system 

Published by Jessica Wilkie, Broker Associate

Hard worker data geek with experience and humor to share. Enjoy serving people throughout their real estate journeys and helping them make good and informed real estate moves.

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