XERISCAPING: What are the pros and cons of saving water through xeriscaping?

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KDVR) – Denver metro cities are responding to drought by changing the way we use water.

Aurora, for example, prohibits the installation of front lawns in newly built homes. Xeriscaping is again in the spotlight.

“Landscaping for a drier environment, using less water and beautifying the landscape at the same time,” said Scott Behnke, owner of Lawn Care Solutions.

The idea sounds appealing, remove the ever-thirsty Kentucky bluegrass and replace it with suitable plants.

“It’s Liatris, it’s called the gay feather. I really like it because you get a different size bloom, you get a big purple spike,” Behnke said.

Behnke is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, and he said the typical xeriscape yard would save about 65% of the water it would normally use for grass.

But it’s called xeriscape, not zeroscape. To xeriscape a 500 square foot yard would cost around $6,800 if you have it professionally done.

“If you’re just looking at the water saving costs, it could take several years,” Behnke said.

And that makes sense if you plan to put down roots in your current home.

Behnke said xeriscaping could add value to your home, but only time and a little water will tell.

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