Grass to Garden | FAQs
Although we greatly appreciate your efforts towards water conservation, turf replacement projects that were started before receiving approval are not eligible for participation in the program. Qualifying areas must be existing and maintained turfgrass areas. If you have already removed a portion of your lawn before the program started, then this is not considered “existing and maintained turfgrass” and it does not qualify for the program.
Maintained turfgrass is an area of lawn that regularly receives water throughout the growing season. Usually, this looks like lush green grass, but this isn’t always the case in Colorado’s arid environment. Sometimes, grass that is on a slope or south facing turns yellow mid-summer regardless of how much water it receives. These areas can still qualify for the program as long as they get regular irrigation throughout the growing season.
According to Denver Water, Xeriscaping is, “landscaping that promotes water efficiency by using plants that are native and adaptable to Colorado’s semi-arid climate.” The goal of this program is to generate long-term water savings by replacing turfgrass with low water usage plants. When watered and maintained effectively, replacing your turf with Xeriscape can reduce your outdoor water use by up to 60%!
Irrigation zones are areas of your in-ground sprinkler system that get watered at the same time. To find your irrigation zones, turn on each section of your sprinkler system and see which heads pop up and water at the same time. This is an irrigation zone. *Note: sometimes one irrigation zone can be split between front and back yards. Be sure to heck your entire landscape!
- Here is a good video on how to find your irrigation zones: How to Find Sprinkler Zones
To make your landscape transformation and irrigation conversion easier, we recommend choosing a project area that is encompassed by one (or multiple) entire irrigation zones. This allows you to easily cap off and convert heads to drip irrigation in an entire irrigation zone(s), while leaving the rest of your zones as traditional spray irrigation.
The first and most important step is to select an area that is within one irrigation zone. Due to differing water pressure requirements and timing needs, turfgrass and Xeriscape plants should not be watered by the same irrigation zone. Once a single zone is selected for conversion, participants have three options:
- Sprinkler to drip system conversion
- From the manifold/valve box
- Or from a sprinkler head: Rain Bird 1800 Retro – Video
*Program participants will receive a FREE Rain Bird Retro spray to drip conversion kit. This does not include drip hoses or emitters.
- Hand watering
- Participants can still qualify for the program even if they do not have an in-ground irrigation system.
- Call an irrigation specialist
- Sometimes you just need a pro!
All gardens will be available for pick up at one of our convenient distribution locations during the months of May and early June or in September. Participants can select their pick-up date and location as soon as they submit “during” photos depicting the replacement area without grass and ready to be planted.
Unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to offer these services at this time. If you are unable to complete these steps for any reason, consider asking a friend, family member or a landscape professional for assistance!
Still have questions? Email TurfRemoval@ResourceCentral.org or call 303-999-3820 x221.