IN THE GARDEN is our monthly blog dedicated to answering your gardening questions, and providing helpful tips to make your landscape transformations beautiful and water saving. To read more about this month’s “Overheard In Our Inbox” question, continue below.
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Do you want to transform a portion of your yard from water thirsty grass to a xeric garden, but don’t know where to start? February is a great time to start brainstorming ideas in order to be ready to begin work come warm weather! Below are some questions to get you started:
1. What do you envision for your new garden?
Whether this is your first or fortieth winter thinking about what you want to accomplish in your garden this coming spring and creating a plan can help set yourself up for success. If you’re not sure where to start, try drawing a quick arial view of your property to see where a new or updated garden could be planted.
2. Do you want to add to an existing xeriscape?
If you have existing waterwise garden beds, is there anything you want to improve upon from last season? Think back to your garden last season, and whether or not you noticed gaps that you want to fill, colors you’d like to add or change around, or plants you want to divide and transplant to a new area. If you’re looking to fill gaps in your garden, one of our Xeric Greatest Hits (sun or part shade) gardens could be a great option depending on the colors already in your landscape. In general, our garden store can be a great place to look to get design inspiration!
3. Are you looking to start a new xeriscape project?
If so, congrats! The thing to figure out is where you want to plant a new xeric garden. You can either fill in an existing garden bed (involves less prep work and is a great way to get started), or remove water thirsty grass and replace it with waterwise plants (an awesome way to save up to 60% on your water usage).
3. If you want to replace a portion of your grass with a new xeric garden, how will you do so?
For a full list of lawn removal techniques, take a look at Lawn Removal 101, (we’ll go more into some of these methods in articles to come). If you haven’t removed your grass yet but have a spot in mind, it’s not too late! Using a sod cutter makes the process doable in an afternoon. Better yet, try getting in touch with neighbors to gauge interest in sharing a sod cutter rental and splitting the cost. Save money, make new neighborhood connections, increase water savings in your community, AND create larger swaths of habitat for pollinators. Take a look at our Before & After Photo Gallery of Lawn Removal Projects for some examples of awesome projects!
4. How excited are you for garden season!?
We sure are super excited, and can’t wait to learn more about your own projects! If you have any questions about these tips, or want to share photos of landscape during the season don’t hesitate to reach out. Gardeninfo@ResourceCentral.org or 303-999-3820 x222.