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Keep Conserving Water

The good news in Colorado gardening today is that the Denver Water board decided to lift the mandatory restrictions on watering – which included a set schedule of twice per week watering. Before you rush out and water more, take a look at your garden and see how it is faring. My flowers are looking great, my tiny bit of front lawn is looking ok, and my back lawn looks a bit brown (facing the afternoon sun). So for my yard, I will probably water in a similar pattern, even without the restrictions. The great thing about the lack of restriction is that now if I miss a watering day because I am gone, I can make it up without feeling guilty or sneaking in some hand watering. I recently received my water bill for the period from the end of May through the 3rd week of June. I used exactly the same amount of water as I did last year. So basically, twice a week watering is my norm anyway.

Coreopsis and Day Lilies get by with little extra water.

Coreopsis and Day Lilies get by with little extra water.

Whether or not we have watering restrictions, we are a semi-arid climate where gardens do better with hardy groundcovers, like ice plant, and low-water perennials, such as salvia, penstemons, coreopsis, coneflowers and day lilies. Blue grass lawns are definitely not native and are a luxury here. So it is more responsible to garden and water carefully, and enjoy creating a colorful, flower-filled Colorado garden. I let the city maintain lovely lawns in my nearby park, so I can enjoy my flowers and low water bills.

Roses and Clematis have thrived this spring and summer.

Roses and Clematis have thrived this spring and summer.

Coneflowers enjoy the Colorado sun.

Coneflowers enjoy the Colorado sun.

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