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.
Lawn Removal Consultations | FAQs
A Lawn Removal Consultation’s goal is to help homeowners jumpstart water smart landscape change projects. This often comes after removing a part of your water-thirsty lawn in order to make room for more waterwise landscape alternatives. Kentucky Bluegrass and other non-native grasses are just not meant for our Colorado climate. Removing them to make way for native, pollinator-friendly, low water alternatives is a step towards water conservation.
That’s why we’re here! These Lawn Removal Consultations are meant to help discuss what you like or don’t like about your landscape, how to save water (along with time and money) on your landscape, and develop some good options that fit your budget.
That’s not our key focus of the consultation. Our consultants will have some knowledge on low water plants to recommend for your space, but are not there to identify plants you already have in your yard. If you’d like to identify plants, a good resource is through Colorado State University at: http://www.range.colostate.edu/plantfind.shtml
If you receive your water from the following utilities, we do offer a Lawn Removal Service to homeowners: Arvada, Aurora, Centennial Water & Sanitation District, Lafayette, Thornton, and Westminster. Find more information by clicking “Lawn Removal Service” in green below or finding it on our Programs tab. If you live outside of these communities, check out our Lawn Removal & Replacement 101 document for more information on how to remove your lawn on your own.
Lawn Removal Service | FAQs
Watering your lawn a day or two before we come would be a huge help! This is makes it easier to cut into and remove. Additionally, if you know where your sprinkler heads are (if you have any) is great for us to know. We’ll do a full inspection of the removal area, but any additional information is helpful!
Depending on the time of year, our Garden In A Box store may still be open and gardens available to purchase! You’re more than welcome to replace your space with other waterwise perennials or permeable hardscape; anything that lowers your outdoor water consumption. Check out our Front Range Resource List to find nurseries, landscape materials, and other low water resources for your project.
As soon as you can! We recommend that if you’re going to leave your new area bare for more than a day or two to lay down a layer of mulch to suppress weeds and grass growth while you get the rest of your project together. This layer of mulch should be 3-4 inches deep to help limit any new growth.
Unfortunately, this is not a service we are offering at the time. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system that you want to convert to drip irrigation, check out Rain Bird and some of their retrofit kits! They make it easy to convert your current sprinkler system to a more waterwise system. Additionally, if you’d like to have your remaining spray irrigation inspected, we do offer Slow the Flow sprinkler audits to a number of Front Range communities. Find out if you qualify here: Slow the Flow Outdoor
Still have questions? Email TurfRemoval@ResourceCentral.org or call 303-999-3820 x221.