Xeriscape is a term used to describe water wise landscaping. A xeric landscape will follow a few principles to reduce the amount of water your landscape needs.
- Proper Landscape Design, Site Layout: Slopes, sun exposure, water drainage, runoff from roofs/hardscape and shade should all be taken into consideration.
- Soil Conditions: Proper soil conditions will allow all of your softscapes; trees, plants, shrubs, and turf to thrive with less water than poor soil conditions. Soil conditioning should be considered in all planting areas, with the proper soil amendment.
- Plant Selection: Proper plant selection will decrease water usage. Proper placement of plants in your landscape will allow plant life to thrive with the correct amount of water.
- Natural water: All water sources should be considered; runoff, rain water. Areas where runoff and rain water occur can be enough for some plants to live on.
- Irrigation/ Sprinklers: A Xeric landscape can use modern sprinkler systems installed by qualified technicians to reduce the amount of water used. Drip irrigation systems, proper sprinkler head installation and automatic timers will reduce the amount of wasted water.
- Turf: Proper turf installation, turf selection, maintenance and irrigation will help reduce the amount of water your turf needs.
- Mulch: Mulching all garden areas will help reduce the amount of water your trees, shrubs, flowers will need.
- Fertilization: Proper fertilization or feeding of your plants will help them thrive and use less water than without fertilization.
Sod, also known as turf, provides for instant transformation of your yard. Besides the immediate change sod also provides:
- A weed-free lawn with regular maintenance
- Increased curb appeal, which can raise the value of your property by up to 15%
- Help control pollution, 2,500 sqft of lawn provides enough oxygen for a family of 4
- Reduce soil erosion
- Natural Air-conditioning, turf lawn is up to 30-degrees of cooler than asphalt
- A wonderful space for playing, entertaining or just plain relaxing
Seed is a less expensive alternative to sod.
Seed can provide the same benefits of sod, but will require more time and maintenance during installation to ensure the same quality outcome as sod.
Riverview Landscaping goes through an extensive process to ensure success of each installation.
Plants and Softscapes
Plants locally grown are essential to the success of any landscaping. Since the plants are not brought in from other environments the survival rate is increased, the amount of water needed to establish them is decreased and we can guarantee them for 1 year from planting date when hooked up to our sprinkler systems. We purchase most of our plants from Durango Nursery (Link to HighPlainsNursery.com).
Mulch can add many colors and textures to your garden. It also provides a barrier between the soil and the sun decreasing the amount of water lost to evaporation, which will decrease the amount of water needed for the plants to thrive.
Riverview Landscaping installs Flagstone, Pavers and Retaining Walls.
Flagstone is a great way to create walkways and patios. It is cheaper than pouring new concrete and can be a great accent to any area and adds great curb appeal. There are multiple rock colors available and different patterns can be achieved. Stairs can also be created and added with the same type of materials.
Pavers are another way to create patios and walkways. There are many colors, sizes, and textures available. The installation of these products is faster than natural stone depending on size and pattern so they can be more bang for your buck.
Retaining Walls are both necessary and decorative in Southwest Colorado in order to create livable spaces for yards and home sites. Retaining walls can be made from a variety of materials, including: Railroad Ties, Pressure Treated Lumber, Concrete Blocks, and Natural Stone.Not only are retaining walls functional they are great accent structures to any landscape, and with so many varieties available you can create almost any design or texture to match existing landscaping. These are just a few types of retaining walls that we have created, there are other materials and designs out there; with the general prep work and concept of them being the same our imaginations are really the only limitation.