A sustainable landscape is designed to be attractive and in balance with the local climate and environment. It requires minimal resource inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, and water. Some aspects of sustainable landscaping and information sources are listed below.
Composting is the process of decomposing wastes such as grass, leaves, and food scraps to make a rich soil amendment that will improve soil quality.
Fertilization should be based on soil analysis and the growth phase of the turf or garden. Slow-release fertilizers minimize runoff of nutrients to waterways.
Grasscycling is the practice of leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing. It returns valuable nutrients to the soil.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) focuses on long-term prevention or reduction of weeds and insect pests using (in order of preference) cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls, and emphasizing the most environmentally sound approach.
Plant Selection involves choosing plants suited to our climate which need less water and are less prone to diseases and pests.
Turf area should be minimized based on recreational needs of the property. Drought-tolerant, slow growth turf should be used for all turf areas.
Watering and Irrigation Colorado is subject to drought, as we have experienced beginning in 2002. Use water wisely!
Xeriscape is water-conserving landscaping
General Sustainable Landscaping Resources
Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
offers fact sheets on a wide range of gardening topics, including plants for mountain communities. Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer questions and provide information. 303-776-4865
Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCo) is an alliance of nine landscape-related trade associations. They offer extensive information on water use and an on-line manual of Best Management Practices.
Partners for A Clean Environment (PACE) provides training in sustainable landscaping and a list of landscapers who have completed the training. 303-786-PACE
Planttalk Colorado is a 24-hour toll-free automated phone service for information on horticulture topics. 1-888-666-3063
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