Landscaping for Your New Home

by Leslie Howard 07/11/2020

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When you’re creating a landscaping plan for your home it is essential to design around the local climate and weather patterns. When you opt for plants that thrive in your area, you know they are well equipt to handle the seasonal changes specific to your location. This adaptation makes them easier to care for and less dependent on extra watering. It is especially important to integrate this kind of landscaping when there is some level of drought occurring where you live. 

What to Keep

Drought tolerant landscaping is a beautiful way to save on water usage. The good news is that creating a more drought-tolerant yard doesn't necessarily mean removing all of the plantings you currently have. 

Large trees are a great asset, plan on keeping those. Well placed trees provide shade for your home and garden which can be an energy saver all year long. Shade trees also allow a diverse variety of plants to grow comfortably and provides nesting habitat for birds and other native wildlife. 

A drought-tolerant landscape typically includes little to no grass. Grass requires regular watering to keep it green and thriving. Lawn watering can be expensive and seasonally limited by the town or city where you reside. Opting to replace even a section of your lawn with a rock garden or wildflowers is guaranteed to reduce your water bill.

What to Add

Focus on plants local to your area. These plants have evolved to handle the local climate and will have the best chance of growing with little to no input from you. In general, using rocks or wood pellets instead of grass for ground covering will serve you well. Try lava rock to cut down on erosion and help the soil retain more water. Install ground cloth under the rock bed or add mulch to curb weed growth and protect your native plants from insects. For an added boost for your plantings, add compost to your soil before the mulch.

Irrigation

An irrigation system could be a helpful addition to your landscape because it allows you to control where and how much you’re watering. If you have an irrigation system in place be sure to have it serviced regularly, especially if you have made changes to the plantings or green areas in your yard. 

If you’re considering installing a new system, an efficient option is a grey-water system. Grey-water irrigation allows for the reuse of water from your in-home sinks, washing machines, showers, and bathtubs to water your plants.

The right landscaping can boost your curb appeal and property value to the next level. Ask your real estate agent for their advice and professional landscaper recommendations in your area.

About the Author
Author

Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard joined the Sotheby’s International Realty team early in 2018. Despite her recent start, she hasn’t missed a beat. This is partially due to Leslie being a Denver area resident for over 20 years. As an invested resident in her community, she has a developed a keen awareness and understanding of the Denver metropolitan area. With her knowledge of the community, her excellent communication skills and a resilience to get the job done, Leslie is well on her way to a long-term, successful relationship with real estate. She is both SRS (Seller Representative) and CMAS (Certified Mountain Area Specialist) certified.  

Prior to real estate, Leslie’s entrepreneur spirit has led her on numerous successful business ventures. She has taken the same persistence, energy and passion that it took her to launch successful businesses into her new passion of real estate. In addition, Leslie is skilled in Aviation management as she has successfully managed a corporate hangar space housing the aircraft of some of the world’s biggest brands. At the end of the day, Leslie is known as a people person. Her sincere heart and deep desire to see the dreams of people fulfilled is uncanny.  

Leslie currently calls the mountains in Conifer, Colorado, home where she lives with her husband, Charles and their two boxers. They have two sons Dominick and Garrett. Leslie loves the outdoors, auto racing and rescuing horses and donkeys. Designations/Licenses: Seller Representative Specialist