Drought in our region is the norm, not the exception.
With thoughtful planning it doesn’t have to be a calamity.


Look at how and when you water. On average we use 5-10 times more water than necessary for a healthy landscape.

  • Irrigation must be fine tuned for the site – talk with your irrigation company now as they turn on your system.
  • Adjust according to exposure: Fully shaded areas often need up to 30% less water than full sun areas
  • Do not use overhead sprinklers in adverse conditions: in hot weather or high winds water use can increase 20-50%
  • Protected lower sites need less water than higher and more exposed sites

Most efficient time to water is just before sunrise, but after 10 pm is acceptable

  • because of cooler temps, less wind, higher humidity, and higher water pressure
  • overlaps with natural dew period decreasing chance of disease

Prioritize your watering based on stage of plant life

  • While setting flowers and fruit, plants need more water
  • New trees and old trees in decline require more water; healthy established trees require less; conifers need more water than deciduous trees
  • Young plants – xeric or not – need consistent watering the first 3 years they’re in your landscape

Watering trees

  • The critical watering zone for trees is located at and just beyond the drip line (just below the tips of the furthest out branches)
  • A tree’s water absorbing roots are in the top 12″ of soil

Mulch helps you conserve water

  • Mulch can be different materials but all are applied to and maintained on the surface of the soil
  • When applied and maintained properly it reduces evaporation from the soil which can cut water use by 30-50%
  • Holds and stabilizes soil
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Stabilizes soil temperatures
  • Columbine is happy to tend to your mulching needs!

RAIN BARRELS ARE LEGAL! You can have up to 2 with a combined storage of 110 gallons..


WHY to Conserve Water:

  • Only 3% of the water on Earth is available to humans
  • 50% of residential water is used on landscapes
  • Most plant diseases and deaths are caused by overwatering
  • Water does not = love!



We are designing with passive rainwater catchment earthworks to mitigate the effects of erosion and make use of storm water to water your plants in your landscape, as opposed to the conventional approach of ushering it off the property as quickly as possible while paying to pipe water in. If you are interested, give me a shout and we can explore the applications for your landscape.

We are omitting pictures in our emails so they won’t be filtered out. If you don’t get this let us know. Ha just kidding! But since we are avoiding images please go to this link to look at a drought map to see where we currently stand.


HOW to Conserve Water in the landscape:

  1. Reduce the amount of landscape that is irrigated
  2. Be certain water is falling where it is needed and not where it’s not
  3. Avoid watering during rainstorms or windy times
  4. Adjust the pressure of your sprinklers so they are not misting


What a welcome sight at this time of year! Take a moment to look around your outdoor space. Where would you like to see lively splashes of color? Take pictures or put some pin flags around, or call us and we’ll keep track for you so we can plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall for bursts of color forever after in the early spring landscape.

To the glory of the garden! Eva
Eva Montane, certified Landscape Designer & President of Columbine Landscapes Co