ColoradoScape contest for residents, July 13-Aug. 9
With 1.2 billion gallons, half of all water used in The Town, going to landscape irrigation, a primary focus of our conservation efforts is educating our residents on how to use less water in the landscape. One of those efforts is the annual residential ColoradoScape landscape makeover contest which is in effect now through Aug. 9. Since many have the perception that xeric means no plants, Castle Rock Water utilizes the term, ColoradoScape, to emphasize the color and vibrancy low-water landscapes can have.
Castle Rock Water, through social media, will pick a Castle Rock resident to provide a new front yard ColoradoScape. Contest details can be found at CRconserve.com. After the winner is chosen and a design created, we will be reaching out to the winner's HOA for design approval. We hope the professionally designed ColoradoScape with low-water plants, zero or reduced lawn, and hardscaping elements will easily fit within the DRB guidelines. We greatly appreciate your assistance with creating gorgeous curb appeal while reducing water use.
Attached pictures of homes with ColoradoScape design are located in Sapphire Pointe, Crystal Valley and The Meadows. See more designs from local residents in the ColoradoScape Gallery.
It's Smart Irrigation Month!
Smart Irrigation Month is a reminder that being water-wise with outdoor water use is the best way to reduce water waste and also reduce that water bill!
- Broken and misaligned sprinkler heads remain the primary reason for water waste resulting in watering violations. One way to help curb this water waste is by having easy methods for residents to report community-space irrigation problems. Another is to have the landscape company ensure monitoring/maintenance during irrigation times (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
- Many HOAs no longer have Kentucky Bluegrass in common areas. Irrigation controllers should be programmed for less time to accommodate the low-water turf type.
- However, most residents still do have Kentucky Bluegrass. Keep in mind that this is a cool weather turf which goes dormant during the heat of the summer and turns brown. Cool weather, not more water, is what brings the green back to this grass.
- Use your water budget as an irrigation tool. This budget, found on your bill, is calculated specifically for your property. Aim to stay within your water budget for conservation and best rates, while still maintaining a healthy landscape.
- It's too hot to plant in July and thus exemptions to water new plant material more frequently than the watering schedule are not in effect this month.