Drought Tolerant Landscaping Services Combine Conservation and Beauty in Denver, Colorado
As a long time resident in Denver, Colorado, it's easy to get used to the arid climate. After all, beautiful, sunny days are something everyone can appreciate. Still, it's important to remember that living in a dry climate means we have a responsibility to take extra precautions to conserve water. In August 2020 the U.S. Drought Monitor revealed that 94% of our state was classified as being in moderate to extreme drought. This isn't the first time in recent years that Colorado residents have seen this kind of news. In fact, it's the fourth time since 2000 that Colorado has become hazardously dry.
While we might be used to the dangers of drought, it's easy to forget the extra steps necessary to conserve our most precious resource. Commercial landscapes require a considerable amount of care to remain attractive. However, it's crucial to avoid using extra water during this time. Whether your usual landscaping efforts are falling flat during the drought, or you're concerned about excessive water use from your clients, the landscaping experts at CoCal Landscape can help.
A History of Sustainability
Preserving Colorado's environment has always been a top priority for CoCal. Since 1992, our team has been creating and maintaining beautiful and sustainable commercial landscapes. We've seen our Denver, CO customers through the droughts of 2002, 2012-2013, and 2018. We're prepared to help local businesses and commercial landscape managers weather this drought as well.
From the beginning, CoCal had a goal to keep Colorado beautiful through ethical business practices, sustainable commercial landscaping, and strong relationships with our clients. On every job, we work with our customers to address specific water and landscape issues in a way that keeps each unique landscape attractive through customized, sustainable care. The 2002 drought brought with it the recognition of the importance of water management. In response, we formed the WaterRight program. Within this program, we equip each landscape with the tools, expert oversight, and customer education to conserve water. Our irrigation and landscape practices are designed with the goal of providing water when it's needed and where it's needed to eliminate the thousands of gallons that get wasted through inefficient irrigation systems and planning. When you work with CoCal, everything from your beautiful flower beds and grass to your landscape design and sprinkler system is designed with water conservation in mind.
Technology, Local Experience, and Drought Tolerant Landscaping Services
In Colorado, it's common to hear talk about the state of the environment and the need for water conservation. Taking actionable steps that yield proven results is a completely different matter. That's why we'd like to share exactly how we help our customers conserve water while caring for beautiful commercial landscapes.
- Landscape Evaluation: Standard Blue Grass only needs about an inch of water a week. If you're watering more, we may consider aeration and soil amendments to improve the health of your turf. Additionally, changing your mowing schedule and mowing height can help shade roots and retain moisture.
- Sprinkler and Irrigation Evaluation: Your system should work at 88% to 90% efficiency. As systems age, they lose efficiency. Aging irrigation systems underwater in some areas and overwater in others, resulting in patchy turf and thousands of gallons of water wasted each year. We begin by checking to see if heads in each zone have matching precipitation rates. Leaking valves can be a culprit for water loss as well. We check valves for leaks and determine if they're of plastic or brass.
- Water Wise Landscapes: A variety of techniques can be used to make your landscape more efficient at water conservation. Water-wise landscapes take advantage of drought tolerant plants and technologically advanced irrigation systems to use natural weather patterns and hardy plants to limit water use. Increasing your landscape's health through long term tree care and sustainable landscape maintenance plans can also assist water conservation efforts.
- Customized Solutions: Every property is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for water conservation during a drought. For some landscapes, beautiful, green turf could be native seed instead of grass. Perhaps your grass could be more brown and less green and still serve its purpose. Water-wise landscapes come in many shapes and sizes. We combine technology, education, and different landscaping techniques to conserve water in the ways that work best for your unique property.
Snow & Ice Management
Weather is no match for CoCal's snow and ice management. Open your doors as soon as possible after a snowstorm with fast snow removal and ice patrol services. We can help keep your parking lot and walkways clear and accessible during winter.
Ongoing Education Leads to a Healthy Environment in Denver, Colorado
Owning and managing commercial landscapes is a complicated situation, and we get that. As the owner or even the manager, you may not be the person who is always on-site and controlling water usage. It's a careful balancing act to take care of any commercial property efficiently and provide your tenants, customers, and business owners with the results they desire. Luckily, in the area of water conservation, there is a solution.
Educating the community and your customers is a key part of water conservation. Our team at CoCal is continually learning new concepts about preserving the environment and investing in new technology to improve our efforts each day. We partner with a variety of local businesses and landscape alliances to preserve Colorado's natural habitat and bring awareness about the value of water conservation. We're passionate about sustainability, and we love sharing what we know with others. Our landscapes are living breathing concepts and there is no one right answer as to how to address the drought. Let us help you communicate a variety of ideas and solutions to your owners and customers to provide a better environment to everyone in the community.
Let's make the right decisions for your property to save water and minimize our impending drought. If your current landscaping plan is falling short of your water conservation goals during this hazardously dry time, get in touch with the CoCal team today. We'd love to become your drought tolerant landscaping partners in providing a better environment in Denver, Colorado, and the entire surrounding area.
A Colorado Minority-Owned Business
On September 27, 2021, CoCal Landscape was awarded certification as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise by The Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MPMSDC). This certification acknowledges that CoCal is at least 51% minority-owned, managed, and controlled.
Company co-founder and president, Jesus (Chuy) Medrano was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. His early experiences as a businessman in Denver, Colorado made him acutely aware of the challenges faced by minority-owned businesses. Chuy grew up farming in Mexico, and naturally transitioned to landscaping when he moved to Colorado in the 1970s.
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