Water-Saving Lawns & Gardens

More than half the water used each year by Colorado homeowners is applied to lawns and gardens. Save water in your landscape with these tips. Click a page title to learn more.

Using Less Water: Repair leaks, measure water use and apply only what lawns and plants need. 

Selecting a Lawn: Determine how a lawn will be used, match turf type to climate and consider alternative grasses and ground cover plants. 

Selecting Plants: Group plants by water and location requirements and select water-saving plants. 

Maintaining a Lawn: Irrigate efficiently, use correct lawn-mowing height and fertilize and aerate properly. 

Maintaining Plants: Control pests and weeds, prune plants and mulch beds.

Fact Sheets: Conserve Water, Maintain Landscape
Water conservation tips and study results in Northern Water’s Landscaping & Watering Fact Sheets can help you conserve water, reduce irrigation costs and maintain your landscape. The information in the fact sheets is based on several years of planting, maintaining and studying dozens of drought tolerant grasses and plants. The fact sheets contain study results as well as practical guidelines for the professional landscaper and homeowner on choosing, planting and maintaining drought-tolerant grasses and plants.

 Drought-Tolerant Kentucky Bluegrass in Northeastern Colorado
 Benefits of Watering Less Often
 How do Native Warm-Season Grasses Conserve Water in Spring?
 Myth or Fact: Tall Fescue Requires Less Water Than Kentucky Bluegrass
What is Evapotranspiration & Why Do We Talk About It So Much?
Going Brown in the Summer

Recent project examines water efficiencies of mini-landscapes  
A project of Northern Water's Mary Hattendorf recently looked at how mini-landscapes with water budgets can showcase landscape designs with efficient irrigation systems, climate-adapted plant materials and turf to meet target water requirements. And you can see the results of this effort in her Mini-Landscapes with Water Budgets report.  

Conservation Gardens at Northern Water
At the Conservation Gardens at Northern Water, you can learn about the home and garden water conservation techniques explained in this section. The gardens contain more than 700 plants and 60 turf grasses that thrive in Colorado’s semiarid climate.