Apply lessons from physicist to save water in your yard

Walter A. Shewhart first discussed the concept of PDCA in his 1939 book, Statistical Method From the Viewpoint of Quality Control.

Walter A. Shewhart first discussed the concept of the plan-do-check-act cycle in his 1939 book, Statistical Method From the Viewpoint of Quality Control.

Walter A. Shewhart, 1930s physicist known as the father of statistical quality control, is about to help you transform your landscape into a water-efficient oasis.

Unfortunately, he isn’t going to show up at your door with shovel and seeds in hand, but he did come up with a model, called the plan-do-check-act cycle, that can be used as a process to ensure continual landscape improvement year after year.

Here’s how:

Plan – Since November, we’ve featured a Transforming Landscape series to help you plan an upgrade for your lawn. Peruse through these posts for ideas to improve areas of your lawn that are unused or are difficult to maintain.

Do – Pick one section of your lawn that needs an upgrade and make the transformation from turf to a water-efficient option.

If the posts above inspire you to explore designing your own xeric garden this spring, you’re in luck. Right now, through a partnership with Center for ReSource Conservation, we’re offering Garden-In-A-Box kits for customers at a discounted rate.

All proceeds from garden and plant purchases directly support the Center for ReSource Conservation, a nonprofit organization.

All proceeds from garden and plant purchases directly support the Center for ReSource Conservation, a nonprofit organization.

Garden-In-A-Box simplifies water-wise gardening by providing professional plant-by-number designs and a selection of colorful low-water-use plants that adapt well to our dry Colorado climate.

Check – This summer, take the time to determine if this was the right upgrade for you. Are you saving water? Is this the look you want throughout the rest of your landscape? Can this new look be integrated into a larger upgrade with other types of water-efficient solutions?

Act – After analyzing the pros and cons of your first transformation, you are ready to start the cycle over again. Use lessons learned from your experiences this summer to begin the planning process again next fall and winter.

There are always opportunities to make your landscape more water efficient while maintaining its character and usability. But, this transformation doesn’t need to occur all at once. By using the Shewhart model, you can make upgrades every year to make sure you are always doing your part to conserve.

If you are going to buy a Garden-In-A-Box this year, don’t wait — there are a limited number of discounted gardens available. This Denver Water discount offer is limited to no more than three gardens per customer. Order now, and gardens will be available for pickup in May and June at locations throughout the metro area during scheduled days and times.  

For more information, or to buy your discounted Garden-In-A-Box, visit http://www.gardeninaboxco.org or call 303-999-3820, ext. 222.

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