Xeriscape Design in Colorado Springs

What is Xeriscape? Xeriscaping is a smart, ecologically sound, and sustainable approach to landscaping.Terraced Plantings landscape design

It is not “Zeroscaping” as it is commonly mispronounced. It is not rocks and desert plants. It is not maintenance free. Any quality landscape requires some maintenance.

A strange word for a very wise landscaping strategy, “xeriscape” was coined by the Denver Water Department in 1981 to promote water-conserving landscape concepts. “Xeri” is a Greek word for “dry” and “scape” is derived from “landscape”. Xeriscape is a water-smart method of landscaping in an arid environment. We are a Colorado Springs landscaping firm with over 30 years of xeriscape design experience. Contact Fredell Enterprises today at jwalsh@fredellent.com to get more information on what we can do for you.


7 Basic Steps Towards Creating A Xeriscape Garden

1. Planning & Design

2. Efficient irrigation, properly designed and maintained

3. Use of mulch

4. Proper soil preparation

5. Appropriate turf areas

6. Water-efficient plant materials

7. Appropriate maintenance

A great resource for exploring each of these seven principles of Xeriscape is the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs. They also have numerous printable fact sheets relating to xeriscape landscaping topics. Visit the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the Conservation and Environmental Center website for an extensive Xeriscape Plant Database where you can view photos and browse descriptive characteristics of plants proven to grow in this area.

For 35 years Fredell Enterprises has been working with homeowners who desire to have beautiful xeriscape design in Colorado Springs as well as various water features. We can design a water-smart landscape that you and your pocketbook can be proud of. Starting with a landscape design that takes into account the slope, lot orientation, microclimates, elevation, and needs of the homeowner we can create a landscape plan that lays the foundation for a xeric landscape. The next step is having our experienced construction crews implement the xeriscape principles when building your landscape. This includes design/building efficient irrigation systems, applying appropriate soil amendments and soil preparation, and laying proper amounts of mulch in planting beds. Lastly, we’ll go over the maintenance needs of your landscape and give you a maintenance booklet that will help you take care of your xeriscape yard. Contact us today at (719) 630-1355 to request a consultation for xeriscape design in Colorado Springs.