Four fall tips to brighten your landscape

Published: 9/9/2019  9:34 AM
​After Labor Day, many landscapes may look dull, especially if most of the flowering plants bloom in early summer. Fortunately, September is a wonderful month to add a few more plants to your landscape. The soil is warm and the air temperatures have ...



CSFD releases report on Aug. 20 fire at Drake Power Plant, Unit 7 will be back online later today

Published: 8/28/2019  2:26 PM
​Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated employees, Unit 7 at the Martin Drake Power Plant is scheduled to be put back into service later today after a small, isolated fire last Tuesday night. Per the Colorado Springs Fire Department announcement bel ...



We're transforming public spaces with water-wise plants

Published: 8/22/2019  12:17 PM
Our water-wise plant experts are partnering with the City of Colorado Springs to bring sustainable landscapes to public spaces, while broadening the availability of water-wise plants for the public. Springs Utilities staff from the Conservation and ...



Drake Power Plant update: Small fire will not impact customers

Published: 8/21/2019  10:25 AM
​If you’ve been watching the local news since last night, you’ve likely heard about the small, isolated fire at our Martin Drake Power Plant, located just south of downtown Colorado Springs. The fire was limited internally to a single generating uni ...



Prevent high water bills during warmer weather

Published: 8/19/2019  2:38 PM
As we settle in to the hottest time of the year, we expect to use more water but is it necessary? Have you done everything you can to improve your watering efficiency? Here’s five important water-saving landscape strategies to get the most out of yo ...



Three reasons you need a rain sensor

Published: 8/7/2019  2:19 PM
​August weather can be unpredictable, alternating between 90-degree weather and monsoon thunderstorms. With the bustle of school starting and late summer routine changes, it’s a challenge to turn your sprinkler system off every time it rains-- not t ...



Smart technology powers the home of the future

Published: 7/30/2019  1:48 PM
We’re partnering with Classic Homes for the 2019 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes to showcase the parade’s smartest home yet, and to learn how smart technology will power the future.You can join us for a special 'Ask the Experts' tour with our energ ...



Innovative partnership protects 11,000 acres of critical watershed

Published: 7/23/2019  9:20 AM
​On July 23 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue our partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Region 2 Office and the Colorado State Forest Service to fund critical forest management and wildfire risk mitigation projects in area ...



Water outlook after 6 months

Published: 7/18/2019  2:15 PM
I love summer. Call me crazy, but I love the hot, dry weather. If you’re like me, the weather in June frustrated you to no end! While the weather didn’t do my disposition any favors, it did do wonders for our water supply. June’s weather brought t ...



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 ...



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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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