Colorado Water Law and the landscaping / irrigation business role in sustainability

Welcome to a multi-part blog about Colorado Water, our water laws and how businesses and community members can help in making our community landscapes more sustainable.

As a member of a Colorado community you should be aware and know about the Colorado Water Law.

This law includes some fundamental and common sense principles that we should embrace and be cognizant of.

  1. All water use in Colorado must be reasonable and beneficial and cannot be wasted.

  2. Irrigation can be classified as a beneficial water use

  3. Reasonable use varies as the current situation changes e.g. drought may influence the amount of irrigation permitted in communities to ensure the water use is reasonable.

Colorado has a Water Plan which is a way to implement a plan to meet the state’s water needs and challenges.

How can you help Colorado continue to implement its Water Plan that was finalized in 2015?

https://www.colorado.gov/cowaterplan

Start by replacing old faucets, showerheads, toilets with WaterSense labelled products.

The WaterSense Program is a label for water efficient products and resources for saving water

Look for this label on products you are purchasing

Look for this label on products you are purchasing

Additional valuable resources in educating yourself about water include -

Alliance for water efficiency - a non profit organisation dedicated to efficient and sustainable use of water. This organisation advocates for water efficient products and programs and assists in water conservation efforts.

And finally Colorado Waterwise is an organisation that provides resources to the Colorado water conservation community

As a residential community member what can you do to assist Colorado with water conservation while enjoying the beauty of a garden landscape and place to view our great state?

  1. Use weather based irrigation controllers

  2. Use high efficiency irrigation components

  3. Buy WaterSense toilets and clothes washers.

Next Blog will cover Sustainable Landscaping, stay tuned….

More Tea Please...


Next time you are buying that delicious large refreshing Iced Chai Tea form your local Coffee/Tea house take a moment to think about how much your summer garden would love to absorb a similar treat.  Compost tea is a great early summer supplement for your garden and cheaper by the ounce than your $5 ice chai tea.

Your garden needs tea too - compost tea that is.  It is a liquid formula created by a process of combining good quality compost, water, aeration and a compost catalyst into a succulent foamy brew filled with nutrients, bacteria, fungi, nematodes and protozoans that are going to do their work on your plants.  Compost tea feeds your plants through the roots (via the soil around the plants) and leaves via (foliar absorption), without the constant build up of chemicals and salt that synthetic fertilizers cause in your garden soil.

The compost tea is applied to the soil before planting including directly into the hole for your new or transplanted plants, then applied every 2 weeks once the plant has established itself in its new location.  Use a spray bottle and/or watering can for watering the soil and leaves for foliar and root absorption.  the application process should include about 4-6 applications and be completed by mid July (in the northern hemisphere).  If you allow the plant too much of a good thing it will expend all its energy creating thick foliage and may nor produce its final fruits.  4-6 applications will give the plant the source it needs to build strong roots and stems, beautiful foliage and then fruit.

Contact us at info@mtorganiclandscaping.com to ask about our compost tea and if it would be a great addition to your landscape maintenance plan.

Round Up, Monsanto and Glyphosate are in hot water again

Yet another LARGE sum lawsuit has been held up against Monsanto and it’s big seller Round Up. More and more research is being put into human interaction with Round Up as the number of national and international lawsuits is brought against Monsanto.

As the science world is gaining more traction about toxins and the environment, researchers have been focusing on how Glyphosate effects our bee populations. Without our pollinators, our food sources will be greatly jeopardized.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/california-jury-hits-monsanto-2-billion-judgment-cancer-lawsuit-n1005191

https://e360.yale.edu/features/bee-alert-is-a-controversial-herbicide-harming-honeybees

Stonyfield Yogurt- a positive business with great information

Stonyfield Farms- A company that makes delicious yogurt, they are supporting toxin free playgrounds across the country and is providing some really great user friendly information. The downfall- Stonyfield yogurt comes in a plastic container :-(, although the container can be reused. Check out Stonyfield’s great website:

https://www.stonyfield.com/playfree/health-effects-of-pesticides

We are out of drought, but that doesn't mean leave the faucet on...

Thanks to a normal winter and southern Colorado coming on strong the second half of the season, 99% of Colorado is officially out of drought. Last winter we were encouraging clients to water newly planted trees every few weeks to reduce the likelihood of mortality. This season, we will start spring with healthy trees, plants and grass. After an extremely low native food season, our local wildlife is thriving as well (note the large Rocky Mountain Sheep herd that is grazing in East Vail). As exciting as that is, it doesn’t mean we can go crazy with water use this coming summer. Stand by as we watch the weather and hope that Mother Nature keeps sending us vital precipitation.

As always, we encourage our friends and clients to conserve water when ever possible. Here are a few easy water saving methods:

Turn the faucet while brushing teeth

Put a jug of water in the fridge so you always have cold water available

Repair any leaks immediately

https://thewaterproject.org/water_conservation_tips

https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/colorado