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. ...

 Next >>

Five tips to reduce yardwork   

Author: Catherine  by  Catherine M.  on  7/3/2019

Working in the YardAre 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 a low-maintenance yard, it may require more work than you like.

Although every landscape requires some maintenance, here are five ways you can reduce your yard work:

  • Prevent weeds. Pulling weeds for hours when you could be taking a trip to the mountains is a major drag. Weeds become a problem in areas of bare soil and unplanted gravel. Eliminate areas of bare soil and weedy gravel in your yard by installing something purposeful, like a patio, plant bed or low-maintenance grass. A visit to ourWater Wise Demonstration Garden can give you lots of ideas. For areas of gravel you plan to keep, mark your calendar to apply weed preventer next year. March 1 and May 1 are the ideal dates for the Pikes Peak region.
  • Cut back on mowing. While traditional lawns have amazing traffic-tolerance, they also require weekly mowing. Considering changing to a grass that you can mow less often. Buffalo grass, for example, only needs to be mowed three to four times during the entire summer. Other options include fine fescue, blue grama and native grass mixes. Read our grass comparison fact sheet or visit the Water Wise Demonstration Garden to learn more.
  • Choose low-maintenance plants. While plant beds look like a lot of work, they need less care than lawns, if planned correctly. Choose low-maintenance perennial flowers, ornamental grasses and shrubs that thrive in the Pikes Peak area. Visit and use the “Low maintenance” filter under the “Features” heading to learn about our recommendations that only need to be cut back once per year.
  • Add spreading plants. If you need to cover large areas of your landscape and don’t want to use grass, consider adding spreading plants. These are low-growing shrubs and groundcovers that fill in over time. They’re great for big lots and hillsides. We’ve listed our favorites at under the “Suitable for groundcover” filter under the “Features” heading.
  • Embrace wood chip mulch. Covering bare soil between plants is a must to prevent weeds. While gravel creates an attractive southwest look, weeds will germinate easily between plants and create more work. Wood chips, bark or shredded wood are much better at suppressing weeds if you keep the mulch layer three to four inches thick. If you’re looking to cut back on your yard work, use more wood mulch in your plant beds, under trees and in unplanted areas. Use gravel to cover only 30 percent or less of your landscape. Plan to replenish your wood mulch layer each spring to save time throughout the summer. Check out our mulch fact sheet to learn more.

It is possible to create a yard that looks great and doesn’t requires hours of maintenance. While there’s no way to eliminate yard work, implementing these five strategies over time can help you create a landscape you love that fits your lifestyle.


Add a comment