WaterSmart Gardens

Definition – a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or other maintenance, used in arid regions

The following guides can help you choose the best plants for your garden based on Alamosa conditions

Building a thriving water-efficient garden is easier than you think and will create a beautiful space on your property.
It will also save you water and money in the long run!

A Xeriscape in 7 steps

Planning and Design

    • It doesn’t have to be a designed by a professional,  just think about how you use your yard and what you would like it to look like.

Soil Amendment

    • You can add a little compost to soil or other minerals to help xeric plants thrive.

Reduced Turf 

    • If you don’t need grass for any activities, don’t plant it. Or, remove turf and replace with xeric plants, landscaping rock, and mulch.
    • If you do want turf, there are some great low water drought tolerant turf varieties .

Efficient Irrigation

    • Drip irrigation and bubblers are the best way  to water plants at the ground level to reduce evaporation and waste. Don’t forget to check your irrigation system for leaks!

Appropriate Plant Selection

    • Choose native, low water use plants and try to group plants with similar water, sun, soil needs together.

Use of Mulches

    • To minimize evaporation, impede weed growth, slow erosion, and help prevent soil and temp fluctuation use mulches rather than gravel or rocks.

Appropriate Maintenance

    • Proper pruning, weeding, fertilization and maintenance of your irrigation system will preserve and enhance the quality of your xeriscape. In the long term, a landscape adapted to the local environment will require less maintenance, less fertilizer, and reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Water Conservation

Water Use Calculator

Indoor Water Saving Tips

Turf Watering Schedule

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

The City of Alamosa is dedicated to conserving our water to preserve our quality of life

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