How the landscape pros prepare for spring

This winter, we’ve featured posts from Denver Urban Gardens, the Be A Habitat Hero project and the Center for ReSource Conservation as part of our Transforming Landscape series. Each post introduces new ideas for upgrading your lawn to a more water-efficient landscape next spring and beyond.

While these posts focus on new landscape ideas to explore, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado put together a checklist of pre-season chores to help you prepare for next spring – a perfect fit for our Transforming Landscape series.

Sketch out your dream yard now, so you are ready to begin implementing landscape elements in the spring. You don’t have to take it on all at once, but if you have a plan it will be much easier to upgrade a section at a time.

Sketch out your dream yard now, so you are ready to begin implementing landscape elements in the spring. You don’t have to take it on all at once, but if you have a plan it will be much easier to upgrade a section at a time.

Below are a couple of water-saving tips from the checklist:

  • Learn something you can apply this growing season. Take a class, read a book or research something online you’ve always wanted to know, but haven’t taken the time to explore.

One suggestion from ALCC is to learn how to lay out a water-saving waffle garden. For more information on this quirky term, check out this blog post from Designscapes Colorado  called, What’s a Waffle Garden?

We also suggest looking into composting, establishing a community garden or different watering techniques – including our recommended cycle and soak method.

  • Take a quick tour around the yard and indentify the eyesores and maintenance issues, such as trees to prune, dead shrubs to replace and beds to freshen up before spring. And, remember the sprinkler system – the one part of the landscape that is most out of sight and out of mind. What can you do this year to make it more water efficient? Having a list will guide the DIY projects and help you get the outside assistance you need scheduled early in the season.

One way to make your sprinkler system more efficient is to add a smart irrigation controller. Denver Water offers rebates for WaterSense-labeled controllers, which act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system by telling it when to turn on and off, to save water.

You also can visit Denver Water’s online run time scheduler to create a zone-by-zone schedule for your landscape. Here is a list of other irrigation tips, including the catch-can test, seasonal watering times and basic sprinkler system tips.

Read the complete ALCC checklist: Here are five great things you can do now to get ready for spring.

One response to this post.

  1. Having a plan for your lawn and how you will approach lawn maintenance is a very important step in creating a healthy and beautiful lawn. It can help you in saving money, effectively maintaining your lawn and not doing too much.

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