A paradigm shift
It’s time for a paradigm shift: Having more landscapes with native or climate-adaptive plants and materials will not only accentuate the beauty of our natural lands but be in line with rain and moisture from Mother Nature. Castle Rock no longer allows Kentucky bluegrass (in new development), the traditional lawn turf, because it takes approximately 30 inches of water per year. Colorado gets, on average, about 15 inches of precipitation each year and thus Texas Hybrid, or similar turf, is a better option. Incorporating more drought-resistant grasses, flowers and shrubs such as Blue Grama, Rocky Mountain columbine and Russian sage provide biodiversity, healthier plants and more interest into the landscape. Once established, these plants only need periodic watering during exceptionally hot and dry periods.
Residents can find a plant finder on CRconserve.com detailing more than 175 water-efficient plants, a gallery of local ColoradoScape gardens, and tips to get started with new designs. Plus, there are rebates for turf renovation, contests, classes and more to help customers make ColoradoScape the norm.
Our State Legislature is backing this shift too. They have several bills supporting xeric landscaping, and now have introduced House Bill 22-1151 with funds for high-water turf removal. While Castle Rock Water already provides $1.20 per square foot of turf removal and replacement with low-water options, the State may be providing more incentives too.