Xeriscape: Basics and Converting          on a Budget               City of Aurora               Water Conservation       ...
Water Conservation Resources Free Classes (including One-on-One Design  Consultations) Rebates (Xeriscape, Toilet and Wa...
Xeriscape: The Benefits   Water Conservation (46% or more)   Lower Water Bills   Reduced Maintenance   Attractive (esp...
How Long to Return Your Investment?
Xeriscape Success Story                        Water Consumption                  35                  30                  ...
Xeriscape Success Story
Xeriscape Success Story Area Converted: 3020 square feet Cl  Classes A          Attended: Planning and D i and          ...
Let sLet’s just get this out      of the wayy
This is Not Xeriscapeand does not meet city code
7 Fundamental Principles Plan and Design Create Practical Turf Areas Select Low Water Plants Use Soil Amendments Use ...
The DesignWe offer free professional landscape designsOur 2 part class   ‘Preparing for your Design Consultation’     Ava...
Before your One-on-One                   One on OneChoose an area: (Remember to create or keep  practical turf areas)   w...
Name the problems         problems…
To Xeriscape or not to Xeriscape
Select Low Water PlantsThings to consider:   Spacing - size at planting and maturity   Water and sun requirements   Lim...
The Plant Pallet   Shurbs   Perennials   Grasses (Ornamental and Turf type)   Trees      Evergreen plants to add winte...
ShrubsPros   LLonger living            li i   Larger   Fall color   Minimal maintenanceCons   Less blooms than     pe...
PerennialsPros   C l and texture variety     Color d             i   Replacement for annuals   Faster growthCons   Lim...
Ornamental GrassesPros   Great winter interest   Faster Growth   Create movement   Fall Color   S dh d     Seed heads...
Alternatives to TurfPros   Reduced water     consumption   Limited mowingCons   Slow to establish   Warm season grasse...
TreesPros   LLonger living             li i   Larger   Fall Color   Minimal Maintenance   Create shade   Blooms and ...
Use Soil AmendmentsSoil Amendments    Add nutrients              i    Increase water holding or draining capacity    In...
Use Mulches   Retain soil moisture, inhibit weed growth,    slows erosion and prevent evaporation   Organic versus inorg...
Irrigation You don’t necessaril ha e to rip out your             necessarily have             our  existing system Do no...
Maintenance Remove weeds (annual vs. perennial)RResponsibility of not spreading noxious weeds           ibili   f       ...
Xeriscape: Start to Finish Step by step from turf to an attractive  drought tolerant landscape Start to Finish classes a...
Xeriscape Rebate You are now eligible to apply for the rebate Up to $1 per square foot Minimum of 500 square feet and m...
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Xeriscape: Basics and Converting on a Budget - Aurora, Colorado

  1. 1. Xeriscape: Basics and Converting on a Budget City of Aurora Water Conservation www.aurorawater.org
  2. 2. Water Conservation Resources Free Classes (including One-on-One Design Consultations) Rebates (Xeriscape, Toilet and Washer) Audits (Indoor and Irrigation System) HOA Xeriscape Grant Youth Education Program g Volunteer Program Water Smart Readers Landscape Design Consultations Large Property Water Efficiency Program Website: www.aurorawater.org
  3. 3. Xeriscape: The Benefits Water Conservation (46% or more) Lower Water Bills Reduced Maintenance Attractive (especially in winter months) Provides habitat for wildlife Water Rates will continue to increase
  4. 4. How Long to Return Your Investment?
  5. 5. Xeriscape Success Story Water Consumption 35 30 Savings g 0)Gallons (x1000 25 20 65,000 gal/yr 15 10 $333/yr 5 0 Month M th
  6. 6. Xeriscape Success Story
  7. 7. Xeriscape Success Story Area Converted: 3020 square feet Cl Classes A Attended: Planning and D i and d d Pl i d Design d Alternatives to Turf M ti ti to C Motivation t Convert:t Our HOA was converting turf to Xeriscape, our children were out of the house and we don’t live in the right climate for expanses of bluegrass. On Maintenance: Get out there and check the soil, it’s not more difficult and cutting back a plant once a year sure beats mowing and trimming weeklyweekly. On Personal Time Commitment: We did the work ourselves. Not loading 30 cubic yards of mulch in an Acura Integra would have saved some time. Consider a phasing plan.
  8. 8. Let sLet’s just get this out of the wayy
  9. 9. This is Not Xeriscapeand does not meet city code
  10. 10. 7 Fundamental Principles Plan and Design Create Practical Turf Areas Select Low Water Plants Use Soil Amendments Use Mulches Irrigate Efficiently Maintain the Landscape
  11. 11. The DesignWe offer free professional landscape designsOur 2 part class  ‘Preparing for your Design Consultation’ Available in Lecture format or Online Registration is not required g q  ‘One-on-One Design Consultation’ Meet with a professional landscape designer (1 hour and 45 minutes) Registration is Required (Completed Site Map, g q ( p p, Photos and Existing Site Survey Required)
  12. 12. Before your One-on-One One on OneChoose an area: (Remember to create or keep practical turf areas)  where turf is impractical or not useful p  that needs improvement  where irrigation water is wasted because g of a challenging slope or erosion  ‘preferably’ on separate irrigation zone p y p gMoney Savings Tips:  Convert entire irrigation zones g
  13. 13. Name the problems problems…
  14. 14. To Xeriscape or not to Xeriscape
  15. 15. Select Low Water PlantsThings to consider:  Spacing - size at planting and maturity  Water and sun requirements  Limit varieties  Color, texture, height, seasonal interest RReproduction: seeds, runners, di i i d ti d divisionMoney Saving Tips:  M t share and t d with N i hb Meet, h d trade ith Neighbors  Box Store Sales  Coupons  Be careful with mail order catalogues
  16. 16. The Plant Pallet Shurbs Perennials Grasses (Ornamental and Turf type) Trees Evergreen plants to add winter interest
  17. 17. ShrubsPros  LLonger living li i  Larger  Fall color  Minimal maintenanceCons  Less blooms than perennials
  18. 18. PerennialsPros  C l and texture variety Color d i  Replacement for annuals  Faster growthCons  Limited winter interest  Most need to be cut back  Reduced coverage
  19. 19. Ornamental GrassesPros  Great winter interest  Faster Growth  Create movement  Fall Color  S dh d Seed heads  Mimics the native landscapeCons  Require division  Most need to b cut b k d be back
  20. 20. Alternatives to TurfPros  Reduced water consumption  Limited mowingCons  Slow to establish  Warm season grasses are dormant more of the year  More susceptible to foot traffic and weeds
  21. 21. TreesPros  LLonger living li i  Larger  Fall Color  Minimal Maintenance  Create shade  Blooms and FruitCons  Initial Cost
  22. 22. Use Soil AmendmentsSoil Amendments  Add nutrients i  Increase water holding or draining capacity  Increase oxygen availability to the roots Money Saving Tips:  Amend each hole instead of the entire area  Buy in bulk or make your own compost
  23. 23. Use Mulches  Retain soil moisture, inhibit weed growth, slows erosion and prevent evaporation  Organic versus inorganicMoney Saving Tips:  FREE city mulch @ D it l h Dawson and H d Hampdend outside Griswold fence  Cover free mulch with more decorative  Do not use fabric
  24. 24. Irrigation You don’t necessaril ha e to rip out your necessarily have our existing system Do not water Xeriscape like it is turf! Use the % function on your clock or change the schedule based on time of year Go outside and feel the soil at the base of plants Use the same components throughout the zone Free Irrigation Audits (CRC 303.999.3820 x217) I i ti Rebate (50% of M t i l max Irrigation R b t f Materials $300/$2500) Find and fix leaks Free Class ‘Irrigation 101’
  25. 25. Maintenance Remove weeds (annual vs. perennial)RResponsibility of not spreading noxious weeds ibili f di i d in your neighborhood Ch k i i ti system regularly Check irrigation t l l Prune, deadhead and divide for perennial and ornamental grass plant health Compost removed material W t h for insects, good and b d Watch f i t d d bad Free Online Class ‘Garden Maintenance’
  26. 26. Xeriscape: Start to Finish Step by step from turf to an attractive drought tolerant landscape Start to Finish classes are held at the Aurora Municipal Center Xeriscape Demonstration Garden No registration or fee is required Class Dates (April 16th, May 21st, June 11th and July 9th) from 9 – 11 am Available Online
  27. 27. Xeriscape Rebate You are now eligible to apply for the rebate Up to $1 per square foot Minimum of 500 square feet and maximum of 10,000 (residences) and 25,000 (large properties) ti ) Your application must be approved before you begin work y g You will pay for the materials and labor and be sent your rebate check approx. 6 weeks after inspection Visit our website for application and requirements (www.aurorawater.org)
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