Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping – Gardening in Colorado Springs, Part 4

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Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping – Gardening in Colorado Springs, Part 4

xeriscape gardening in Colorado SpringsI'm DONE!  At least for this season. 

If you have been following my series on Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping, you understand the excitement of completing such a major project.  Our motivation for redesigning our perennial garden in the backyard was to prevent the pocket gophers from eating all our plants.  Part 1 below, describes how we installed a 6 inch by 12 inch trench along the fence and then filled it with gravel.  Well, knock on wood, no sign of pocket gophers in our garden or backyard. 

We did try the solar powered repellers for rodents, but don't waste your money, they didn't hold up.  We tried 4 systems, and only one of the three lasted three weeks.  Fortunately, we were able to get a refund from the online store.

Since my last update, I have replaced a couple plants that didn't seem to take.  We also added a couple more larger plants and one or two bushes.  Right now it still looks a little sparse, but with the recent heat, there is new growth on just about every plant.

xeriscape gardening in Colorado SpringsOnce we were confident that the pocket gophers were under control, we opted to put down the small redwood bark as the mulch.  Originally, we were considering 2-3 inches of stone, but I was concerned that it would be difficult to work around the stone for transplanting and that it would be too hot for some of the more delicate plants.  I'm not a big fan of the shredded bark, I guess I have moved too much in my lifetime, but also because it fades and turns gray and needs to be refreshed yearly.  The small bark mulch always looks fresh with only having to refresh every couple of years due to decomposition.  For this garden we put down 22 bags of the bark.

I'm very proud of the result and love to show it off to the neighbors.  Now the big challenge is to stay away from the garden stores and give my plants a chance to mature and fill in.


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Part 1 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs

Part 2 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs

Part 3 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs

Part 5 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs





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Vickie Slade
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Nancy, your yard looks great.  Way to go on keeping out the pocket gophers.  That is quite a feat.

Jun 27, 2011 11:55 PM #1

Great job Nancy! It is always a delight to see the interpretation of the design unfold into reality! I know that rock work was tough, and let's hope the voles stay away. 

Remember, the first year the plants sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap!

Don't forget an organic perennial and shrub fertilizer come next spring. In addition, you'll need to winter water your newly installed garden during winter months when temps are above freezing. Water as needed with regard to lack of precipitation (snow). 

A suggestion in the meantime might be some xeric annuals to "fill in the gaps" during this growth transition. Examples would be zinnias, snapdragons, full sun impatiens (sunpatiens), annual salvias. I believe most nurseries are having sales now, and let's face it, our gardening season seems to be getting longer and longer with blooming going on into November!

Great job and thank you for your business!!!

debbie, Deb's Gardening


Jul 18, 2011 02:30 PM #2
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