Lose the turf, gain a garden: As #water resources dwindle in the U.S. west due to #drought and #ClimateChange, #Colorado residents are tossing the turf and opting instead for rain gardens. — 9News.com #conservation

Photo from the Colorado Independent.

Click the link to read the article on the 9News.com webite (Keely Chalmers). Here’s an excerpt:

More and more homeowners are doing away with a traditional turf lawn in order to conserve a lot of water.

“The average American uses 160 to 180 gallons of water per day and then here in Colorado, about half of that is used on our outdoor irrigation,” according to Jessica Thrasher with Colorado State University.

Over the last year, she and a team of volunteers installed rain gardens across the Front Range as part of a pilot program. It’s a simple and attractive way to save not just a little but a lot of water.  More than 300 people applied for the program…The Colorado Water Center even has tutorial on its website showing, step-by-step how to build your own rain garden. In addition, Colorado’s Turf Replacement program went into effect last summer. It offers funding to communities so they can replace turf in order to reduce outdoor water usage.

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