This month, I am going to highlight the programs of the Center for ReSource Conservation's Water Division. I interned last summer for the CRC and learned so much about the conservation of water within our mostly dry state. The Water Division is headed by Jeannine Shaw, with Jeff Woodward as assistant director. I want to thank these two for all the wonderful work they do across the Front Range!
Did you know that almost half of the yearly water usage in Colorado occurs during the summer months, primarily for watering grass? This is such a huge amount of water used for merely aesthetic purposes. Bluegrass is the most popular lawn grass, and requires more watering than the climate here can provide, necessitating daily watering. Many people do not understand the needs of their lawn and often overwater or water at incorrect times of day, thus wasting precious water resources.
So, the Water Division's response is to help Boulder residents obtain beautiful yards that are composed of native, xeric plant species that require little watering. Their motto isn't grass-less, just less grass, especially in front yards. One program in operation currently is Trees Across Boulder. The city of Boulder has partnered with the CRC to offer certain species of 5-8 foot saplings at a vastly discounted price: only $50 per tree! Due to the popularity of this program, several species are already sold out. Those that are still available:
Golden Raintree, Western Catalpa, and the Bur Oak, all of which reach a mature height of 20-80 feet (see below).
I will highlight another CRC water program, Garden in a Box, next week. Until then, stay green.
If you live within Boulder city limits and wish to purchase a discounted tree, please visit the CRC's water webpage