Top 10 tips to keep cool this summer

Published: 7/17/2019  1:36 PM
​As temperatures rise and we transition from the cooler months into summer, you can take some easy steps to keep an attractive landscape and a comfortable home while using energy and water wisely. These 10 tips will help you reduce overall electric ...



AMI vendor contract signed

Published: 7/16/2019  1:02 PM
After months of evaluating proposals and contract negotiations, we have signed a contract with Landis + Gyr to update our end-of-life Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system with an enhanced Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. As part of th ...



Hundreds attend Efficiency Expo

Published: 7/9/2019  11:01 AM
​The fifth annual Efficiency Expo welcomed approximately 400 people to the Conservation and Environmental Center on Saturday, June 22. Visitors had a chance to meet with staff and participate at 25 stations to discover efficiency tips that can help ...



Five tips to reduce yardwork

Published: 7/3/2019  2:15 PM
​Are you dreaming about getting out of town for summer vacation, but don’t want to neglect your yard? You’re not alone. After putting major effort into spring landscaping, most people like to turn to other activities for the summer. Unless you have ...



New Energy Vision adopted

Published: 6/18/2019  12:37 PM
​Energy Vision:Provide resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable, reduces our carbon footprint and uses proven state-of-the-art technologies to enhance our quality of life for generations to come. This is our ...



Turning commodes into roads

Published: 6/17/2019  2:43 PM
Saving water and reusing materials for the benefit of all customers Colorado Springs Utilities employees are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to save our customers money. One of the most creative ideas I'd ever heard of came about in ...



Cool tips to beat the heat and save energy

Published: 6/10/2019  9:21 AM
This summer, we want to help you stay cool and save energy. Here are a few low-cost/no cost ideas that everyone can do today to be comfortable all summer long. Tips for keeping cool and saving energy 1. Drafts aren’t just a cold-weather concern. T ...



How to get your best summer landscape

Published: 6/6/2019  1:58 PM
It’s no secret that the weather in the Pikes Peak region is unpredictable. If you haven’t yet put away your winter sweaters, you’re aware this spring has been cooler and wetter than normal. It can be tempting to forget about your landscape now that ...



Credit rating increase benefits all customers

Published: 5/30/2019  3:52 PM
Colorado Springs Utilities customers have something new to cheer about: this week S&P Global Ratings (Standard & Poor’s) issued a credit upgrade for Springs Utilities from AA to AA+. Why should our customers care? Because our “credit score ...



Helping our youth become water-wise citizens

Published: 5/21/2019  3:20 PM
Fourth graders in Colorado Springs School District 11 will have a new appreciation for our water, and how it gets from “snowflake to tap” after spending time immersed in water education at the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival on Friday, May 17. ...



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Four tips for successful spring planting   

  by  Catherine M.  on  5/6/2019

Spring is in the air. The allure of beautiful plants can cause serious impulse shopping, but before you spend big bucks on plants that look great today, think through how you’ll set the stage for their long-term success. Here are four key considerations:


1. Choose plants that grow well in the Pikes Peak Region. Plants with gigantic flowers and lush leaves are not likely to stay that way once they’re exposed to Colorado Springs weather. They’re often grown in greenhouses or other states with milder weather. To find tough, hardy plants that are resilient in our climate, visit waterwiseplants.org and make a favorites list of plants that will suit your needs. Browse plants that thrive at the Colorado Springs Utilities Water Wise Demonstration Gardens, surviving hail, drought, frost, and snow.


2. Buy plants from local experts. Shop for plants at local nurseries and plant sales. They sell more Rocky Mountain-grown plants than nation-wide retailers. Especially when grown outside, these plants are much less likely to be shocked with our erratic weather. Local sellers are also more likely to carry a better selection of native and well-adapted plants that will live longer and beautify your landscape with less water and maintenance.


3. Don’t plant too early. While it’s fine to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and cool-season vegetables in April in May, it’s wise to wait until mid-May to plant frost-tender plants. Frost-tender plants include eye catching annual flowers and warm-season vegetables like tomatoes. It’s common for a late spring snowstorm or frost to damage geraniums and vegetable transplants. This is why most local plant sales happen around Mother’s Day.


4. Water regularly after planting. Potted plants have 5-10% of the roots they would normally compared to when they’re growing in the ground. In order to keep them alive until they grow a new root system, they need to be watered regularly. Water immediately after planting, then check the soil moisture daily for the first two weeks. Water enough to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Gradually cut back how often you water as the plants grow larger.

811.jpgBy choosing resilient plants, buying them from local sources, planting at the right time and watering consistently after planting, you’ll ensure your money and effort result in lasting beauty in your yard.

As always, don't forget to call 8-1-1 or click at co811.org at least 72 hours before any excavating project -- even those that only involve hand shovels -- to have buried utility lines marked.



 


 

 
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