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Denver Landscaping Services: How to Make Xeriscape Work for Your Yard

March 21, 2018

With Denver’s semi-arid climate, growing things here can be a challenge. Not only are we usually under water restrictions because of drought, but as a landlocked state, we need to be protective of our water supplies. Xeriscaping can be a great solution that not only looks beautiful but enables you to conserve that most precious of resources: water. If you want to create a yard that is lovely to look at and good for the environment, contact the experts at Water Solutions in Denver to find out more about Denver landscaping services.

Soil Preparation for Xeriscape Landscaping

If you are like most people living in the Denver metro area, you probably have a lawn in place—and it’s probably Kentucky bluegrass, which is one of the most difficult types of lawns to grow here. Getting rid of it probably won’t hurt too much!

The first thing to do is to kill the top growth. If you are dealing with a large portion of yard, the best way to do it is to use a glyphosate product like Roundup (there are a number of other brands out there as well) to kill the grass. This will permeate the root of the grass but it will not contaminate the soils. Be sure to follow the directions carefully.

It might take a full two weeks to turn the lawn brown, so be prepared for the fact that it’s not going to happen overnight.

Next you want to address whether or not there are any pests in the soil. One way to do this is called solarization. This is a nonchemical way to raise the temperature of the soil to a high enough degree that it will kill weeds, pathogens, and pests in the soil. This technique is also useful for breaking down nutrients in the soil, which is good for the planting stage of your project.

At this point you also want to find out what type of soil you have, which will help you choose plants that will grow well in the area. Analyze the soil for nutrients present and pH balance, which will tell you if it is acidic or alkaline. There are soil pH kits you can purchase so you can do the testing on your own.

Once you find out what type of soil you are dealing with, find out what you can add to it to improve both workability and drainage capacity. This will help ensure the success of your new xeriscape landscaping.

Before you get started with plants, you might want to create a terrace design to add visual interest and to help with water channeling. If you are planting near your home, be sure drainage slopes away from the house rather than toward it.

Plant Treatments for Xeriscape Landscaping

The best Denver landscaping companies can suggest drought-resistant plants for your xeriscape landscaping that thrive with very little water. Xeriscaping is not only cost-effective because it uses so little water, but it is also quite low maintenance, so you can save a lot of time not having to do a lot of yard work.

And did you know that a xeriscape landscape can even increase the value of your home? There are other advantages too, which you can read about in Xeriscape Colorado by Colorado WaterWise.

There are many drought-resistant plants you can use in your xeriscape landscaping, and here is a partial list of plants you can take a look at to get you inspired (Note that these are most suited to the Front Range of Colorado.):
  • Agastache, or Hummingbird Mint, unsurprisingly—given the name—attracts hummingbirds.
  • Native to the southwestern part of the United States, the agave is very low maintenance.
  • This native-to-Colorado shrub, Apache Plume, is quite unique.
  • Blue Avena Grass needs little maintenance and adds a lovely texture and contrast to nearby plants.
  • Catmint produces flowers all summer long.
  • Coral Bells produce flowers in late spring to early summer.
  • Rocky Mountain native Creeping Western Sand Cherry attracts birds and wildlife. 
  • Crimson Pygmy Barberry is red, as the name implies, and is a compact, dense shrub.
  • A medium-sized shrub, Fernbush has leaves all winter long.
  • Mexican Feather Grass has a lovely way of moving in the breeze.
  • Mojave Sage is a semi-evergreen shrub that will give you color most of the year.
  • Panchito Manzanita has berries and flowers as well as being evergreen.
  • Penstemon is a small plant, so it’s perfect for filling empty spaces between other plants.
  • Prairie Coneflower produces flowers all summer, and you can easily harvest its seeds for planting the following season.
  • Prairie Winecups is another Colorado native plant that thrives in this climate.
  • This shrub is actually native to the Mediterranean, but the Spanish Gold Broom is an evergreen plant that does well here as well.
  • Torch Lillies grow in thick clumps, adding interest to the landscape.
  • The Rocky Mountain native Yarrow is extremely drought tolerant.
  • Yuccas are true evergreens that are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico.

Irrigation Treatments for Xeriscape Landscaping

It’s best to have the professionals install an efficient irrigation system for your new xeriscape landscaping. They can help determine the appropriate amount of water needed to keep all the plants healthy and happy. They can make sure water is not wasted by using, for example, rotor sprinklers. This type of sprinkler distributes water evenly, keeping wasted water to a minimum. Your new xeriscape landscaping should thrive—regardless of how dry it gets this summer.

Spring is here! Contact the pros at Water Solutions to plan your xeriscape landscaping today. Our expert staff has been satisfying customers for more than 20 years and is respected throughout the Denver area for providing exceptional landscaping services.  We can handle any of your landscaping needs, whether you want xeriscaping or a more traditional look to your yard. We only use superior products, and we would love to use them to help maximize the beauty and health of your yard. Contact us today! We are proud to serve the Aurora, Centennial, Denver, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, and Parker areas, providing sprinkler and landscaping services.

Watering Guidelines 101 From Your Denver Sprinkler Service

March 14, 2018

When it comes to watering your lawn, there’s a lot to take in. Depending on when you water, how much, and the time of day, will truly make your lawn lush and green or eventually end up killing your grass. For those of you that want to retain a beautiful lush yard, it’s imperative that you brush up on these watering guidelines for the time of day and time of year from your Denver sprinkler experts!

The Time Of Day

Watering your lawn at the optimal time of day can reduce evaporation, prevent fungus growth, and ensure your lawn is green and healthy. The ideal time to water your grass is roughly an hour from sunrise. This allows an ample amount of time for the water to soak into the ground, but also leaves the blades of grass damp for a shorter amount of time compared to watering at night. Damp night air also softens the soil so water will be able to easily soak into the ground.
The more water that soaks into the ground, the more healthy the grass roots will be.

There are two really common mistakes that homeowners make when watering their lawn. The first is that they water at night, believing that the cool air will prevent evaporation. While it’s true that evaporation is minimal after sunday, but that cool air causes your grass to stay damp for a long period of time. This creates a perfect environment for disease and fungus. Simply put, nighttime watering will wreck havoc on your lawn.

The second common mistake is to water during the afternoon. Many homeowners believe that this will prevent grass from burning, which isn’t the case at all. Watering during the hottest part of the day is just wasteful of water. Water evaporates almost as soon as it hits the lawn on extremely hot, summer days. Soil will also harden in the sun, so it won’t even soak up the water that you do try use.

When you install a sprinkler system with us, one of our expert technicians will come out to your home and help you layout a plan for the best places to put sprinkler heads and also the best kind of sprinklers for your lawn. Our sprinkler systems can be set to start at any time in the morning and water certain zones at a time. This will be instrumental in helping your grass become as healthy as possible.

Watering in the Summer

Denver summers are know to bring about outdoor activities and events, but it also brings out some of the strongest heat your lawn will be exposed to throughout the year. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make during the summer is to water their lawn all the time. This actually ends up hurting your lawn more than helping it, and you can waste so much water doing so.

So, when should you water your lawn in the summer? In the morning - it’s as simple as that. During these hours, the air is cooler making it the perfect oportune temperature for your lawn to soak it all up. Typically in the morning, wind isn’t an issue which can blow away the droplets of water. Another summer watering mistake is to water during the evening, but doing this is risky and causes a lawn disease. Watering overnight causes the droplets to cling to blades of grass which sits there for hours, creating the perfect environment for fungus.

In the summer, it’s imperative that your lawn receives between one and one and a half inches of water each week. For optimal results, be sure to water your lawn every other day. You can also water your lawn every two days to create deeper grass roots which means your grass will be better at protecting against a drought.

Watering in the Winter

Believe it or not, yes you should water in the winter - but very carefully. While you might be prone to wanting to put away your hose or stop your irrigation system as soon as the snow falls, the fact of the matter is that you should continue watering your lawn up until the ground temperature is below freezing.

Once the cool air descends upon the Denver area, you’ll notice that your lawn will go into dormancy for the winter. What this really means is that your grass will stop growing. Grass starts to change and eventually stop growing once the first hint of winter comes around. Because of the incoming winter season, you’ll have to change your watering frequency which won’t be anything like you did for the spring, summer, or fall.

For the winter, there really is no set schedule of when you should water because you don’t really know the exact date that temperatures will drop and the ground will freeze. We suggest changing your frequency of watering to once a week until the ground starts to freeze. The cold temperatures that come about means that water will not evaporate as quickly as it did in the spring, summer, or fall, so it’s crucial that you do not overwater your lawn, or water more than once a week.

How do you know if your grass needs watering? It will tell you by the way it looks. The grass blades will fold in half and begin to appear a bluish, gray color when it’s time to water. Another way to tell is to simply walk on your lawn. If you see footprints after you take a walk on it, it’s good to go and doesn’t need watering.

Regardless of if your anticipating snowflakes or a snowstorm, keep watering until the ground is frozen. Once the ground is frozen it acts as a barrier to prevent water from getting soaked up and down to the grassroots. If you do happen to know when the big freeze or snowstorm of the season is about to hit, water your lawn the morning before it happens. If the soil is moist, it will act as insulation for your roots and if your roots are dry, your roots are more at risk of freezing.

At Water Solutions Company, we know a thing or two about the proper way to water a lawn. Contact us today with any questions you have about watering guidelines, and if you want to have an expert come look at your lawn!

The Process of Hiring a Landscaper From Your Denver Professional Landscapers

March 5, 2018

Landscaping is extremely important for homeowners, even though you may not realize it. But, landscaping provides you with a place that’s comfortable to enjoy the great outdoors, and give your entire home a facelift and in return make your home worth more than it was before. The more you upkeep your yard and landscaping, the better for you and your neighbors.

At first glance, you might think that landscaping isn’t that hard. While you’re partially correct, depending on the project you want to do, but to do an entire facelift to your yard and know what needs to go where, it’s imperative that you hire a professional landscaper that has years of experience. Before you start stocking up and sod, plants, and bricks, it’s important that you realize how a professional, experienced landscaper will benefit you compared to just hiring someone you saw on a street poster. From experience to materials and ideas, there are dozens of benefits from hiring a professional.

So, where do you start on the process of hiring a landscaper to beautify your home and yard? Let’s start by having you ask your potential candidates some questions and look for these warning signs.

What Warning Signs To Look For And Questions To Ask

There are essentially five warning signs that a potential landscaping candidate isn’t properly equipped to handle the job that you’re asking them to do. First, and probably the most important thing to ask, is to see their license and insurance paperwork. If they can’t even do that, do NOT work with them. Landscapers should always have the proper license and insurances to cover themselves, and their employees, on a worksite. If you end up working with them and they don’t have these essentials, you run the risk of eating up the cost of an injury or a improperly installed yard.

Next, look out for any sharp changes in your original quote compare to after the company starts working on your project. This is another warning sign that you’re not dealing with a professional. Yes, things can change on your quote depending on any problems or issues that the landscaping company runs into, but there shouldn’t be a huge difference in the amount that was quoted. This is actually a sign that the amateur was trying to just give you an intriguing low quote just to get your business in the first place.

Did you get a thorough consultation before your landscaping work even began? Make sure this is done, as if not, you’re not working with a professional. At Water Solutions Company, we offer a full assessment of your soil and lighting in order to determine what plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers will grow the best. Additionally, we provide information about possible wildlife that will be either attracted, or repelled, by the certain plants you pick out. This information is important to know if you don’t want these critters drawn to your yard. Because we are professionals, we give you advice on what you can do with fences and building up colors in order to harmonize your landscaping.

Do you keep getting cancelled on or have major delays when the company you hired is supposed to work? That’s a definite warning sign. A professional will always be on time, and ready to get the job done. Sure, delays may come up depending on issues that arise, because that’s life, but if working with a professional the landscaper will contact you and let you know beforehand.

Finally, watch out for negative attitudes, a poor work ethic, and anyone who dispels your ideas and wishes for your yard. A professional landscaper should always, and will always be able to take your ideas and make them work cohesively into a beautiful yard.

The Process of Landscaping Your Home

While you may think your yard just needs a few flowers, trees, and shrubs, a professional landscaper will bring out the true charm of your home and your entire property. This will include assessing fences, the home, any other structures that contribute to your property’s overall image, and assessing the wildlife that may come into your yard. When you a hire a professional the process will go a little something like this.

First, a professional landscaping company, such as Water Solutions Company, will provide a full assessment of soil and lighting in order to determine what plants and trees will grow best for your yard. This is important if you don’t have a natural green thumb, a good sense of plant care, of have recently moved to the area and aren’t used to the climate and soil yet.

Next, you’ll get the opportunity to select from attractive plants and discuss your ideas and plans for arranging them into your landscaping. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t know a lot about how the size and color of plants work together to create an appealing landscaping that highlights each part of your property.

After you choose your plants and talk about where you’ll be putting them, your professional landscaper should talk about any wildlife that will be attracted or repelled by certain plants, trees, shrubs, etc. you chose. As we stated earlier, this is important information if you don’t want to draw any wildlife attention. But, if you do want to attract animals like hummingbirds, butterflies, or deer, please let the professional know because that helps determine the set up of your plants.

Finally, your professional will talk to you about adding fences and building up colors to harmonize with the landscape materials you have chosen. This is extremely important as landscaping is much more than just adding some plants and a nice walkway. To fully complement your home’s curb appeal, you’ll need to think about lighting, colors, fencing, and hardscaping. This is also where you can talk with your landscaping company about patios, retaining walls, fire pits or fireplaces, walkways, and outdoor kitchens.

To get started with the process of hiring a professional landscaping company, contact us today! Water Solutions Company has years of experience and only works with the best of the best. Plus, you’ll get a free estimate before we even begin!

Spring Checklist for Landscaping and Sprinklers in Denver

February 28, 2018

Spring kicks off on March 20, and while we are a few months away, it’s never too early to start making preparations. Your landscaping is such an investment and value to your home, so it is best to treat it with care to ensure it flourishes during the warmer months. Use this spring checklist for all of your landscaping needs, and what you need to consider when it comes to sprinklers in Denver.


As one of the top tasks you will do this spring, pruning is the process of cutting off any dying, dead or overgrown stems and branches of your trees and plants. During this process you will not need to do extensive work, just enough off any surfaces that need tended to. This will remove any infected areas that could lead to further damage on your trees and plants. Pruning is also one of your landscaping tasks that can be done either in the late winter or the first month of spring. To decide what you need to do, review the late winter and early spring pruning guide.


Did you struggle with pesky weeds in your garden or landscaping last year? Spraying a pre-emergent will help curb or solve this problem—saving you valuable time from having to pull weeds this summer. The ideal time to spray a pre-emergent is at the beginning of spring when just before or when your plants begin to bloom. This will penetrate within the surface, with a goal being to stop weeds from sprouting out of the ground altogether. When they don’t make it to the surface, that is less work for you!

Check Tools

The last thing you want this spring is to get out some of your go-to landscaping tools and machinery, only to find out they are malfunctioning or broken. While we are still in the winter months, make sure to inspect your tools and machines to ensure they are properly working. This will allow you to see what quality shape they are in, and make fixes as needed.

Clean Up Plant/Flower Beds

Even though you may have cleaned up your plant beds before winter, when spring rolls around, you will want to do the same to move out any debris that have fallen in the areas before you mulch. This includes a variety of tasks including removing leaves, pruning, seeding, and spraying your pre-emergent. You can also clean off any landscaping décor you have and do some re-arranging! Make sure you also are preparing spring mulching for your landscaping in Denver, CO.

When to Turn on Sprinklers

If you have sprinklers in your yard, be sure to make them a top priority before using them in the spring.  Make note that is best to wait until your area does not have freezing temperatures. This can lead to pipes bursting. Contact your local sprinkler service to ensure your sprinklers are in premier shape and to prepare them to use.

As you are making your spring landscaping plans, make sure to contact Water Solutions Sprinkler Service. We can assist with any help you need preparing for spring, including the inspection of your sprinklers. Don’t have sprinklers? There has never been a better time to install them! Call us today at 720-435-1495 to get an estimate.

All About Sod From Your Denver Landscaping Professionals

February 21, 2018

You’ve probably heard of sod, and either have gotten it installed in your yard before or know of someone that has. Maybe you’ve driven past a house with rolls of grass just sitting on top of dirt and wondered what was going on. Regardless, we’d take a bet that you don’t know all about sod just yet.

What Is Sod?

Technically, sod is living grass that has been planted by seed on a professional farm. After growing for ten to eighteen months, it is harvested by slicing a very thin layer of topsoil, usually about an inch thick. These designated sod farmers will sow various lawn types or a combination of them including Kentucky Bluegrass or perennial rye grass. Sod grass will always be healthier than typical grass that has been planted because it’s been professionally grown. Strong roots are essential for healthy grass, and sod grass has been planted in the best soil, has been regularly fertilized, and has been watered the proper amount.

Advantages of Sod

Properly installed sod that’s been laid out to perfect by a professional, such as Water Solutions Company, has many advantages. The first, it eliminates many problems associated with erosion, mud and dust control, and minimizing the future need to use herbicides. Additionally, there is less risk of failure to install it and a very fast stabilization and no trouble with weeds. Sod also prevents the erosion of topsoil in lawns that have slopes or are hilly. If you have a new property and want to eliminate mud, sod is perfect for that.

Professionals can lay sod at any time of the year because its roots are already developed. The sod is able to establish itself in soil in any part of the seasons, except naturally if the ground is frozen. Sod makes a denser lawn, as the grass are laid close together so there are no bare spots.

If you have an older home that has weak, thin, or just damaged grass, sod is an excellent choice to replace your outdated grass. Sod gives your home a fresh look and adds some definite curb appeal. You can really revamp your entire landscaping by installing some fresh, new sod!

Are There Any Disadvantages?

While there are primarily many advantages of sod, there are also disadvantages. First, the cost. Sod is more expensive than seeding, but it’s usually worth the extra expense and worth it so you won’t have to constantly be watering your land over the course of a few weeks. Additionally, if you purchase sod from a home and garden store, there is a chance that it has been sitting for more than a day, and may not root well.

If you’re in the market for sod and/or the installation of sod, it’s imperative you talk with a professional to help you get the right type for your home’s land. Contact Water Solutions Company, Denver’s go-to landscaping professionals, for help you may need or questions you may have about sod today!