How thirsty is your yard or garden?
According to the City of Steamboat Springs, approximately 30% of the community’s treated water supply is applied outdoors to lawns and gardens.
Watering requirements are in effect for the season and outdoor watering is permitted only on designated days. These days are based on the last digit (even or odd) of your non-watering Wednesday address within the city limits. Water only before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on watering days. Remember this: water is not an unlimited resource.
“We are lucky to live in the Yampa Valley, a semi-arid climate where water is a precious resource. How we use water matters and how we maintain and create climate-adaptive gardens and landscapes is a great way to conserve water,” said Madison Muxworthy, Soil Moisture, Water and Energy Program Manager. of snow at the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
Learn about outdoor water conservation and climate-smart landscaping practices with a free copy of YVSC’s Yampascaping Guidebook that will be available when you attend the Botanical Park Benefit on Friday the 3rd. June and Saturday, June 4.
“Yampascaping is a process of transforming a yard or other land into land more appropriate to the Yampa Valley region,” Muxworthy said. “It brings the floral communities we find on our trails and along our rivers to the land around our homes and businesses, which in turn conserves water, stabilizes soil, reduces weeds and provides food for birds and pollinators”,
YVSC’s Sustaining Water program encourages water conservation actions such as planting native and drought-tolerant species, using a rain barrel, mulching, improving the efficiency of irrigation, reduction of non-native grasses and putting grass into dormancy. Visit yvsc.org/water-conservation to learn more.
While there are plenty of resource websites to peruse, you might just want to get out and take a trip to the Botanical Park’s Waterwise and Plant Select Gardens to see some great selections of plants that have been tried and tested for two five years before being presented to consumers. These plants tick all the sustainability boxes when they are the right plant for the right place.
For more, head to Yampa River Botanic Park’s Annual Spring Plant Benefit which is held on the green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for members only and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the public, as well as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Botanical Park will offer you pretty hard-to-find high-altitude perennials to beautify your garden and attract pollinators.
There will be a trough planting demonstration at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Routt County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will be there to provide information for incorporating more resilient landscaping and gardening practices into your space. Mark your calendar for this exciting event.
Georgianne Nelson has been the Routt County Master Gardener since 2000 and has been a supporter of the Yampa River Botanical Park for almost as long, where she currently sits on the Board of Directors.