September 2018

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Water Efficiency Tip
 
Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering  
than under-watering. 
Dial it back this fall
Don't let the recent hot temperatures fool you. Seasons are changing, fall is here and water budgets are changing as well. The amount of water allocated for Centennial Water customers reduces significantly from September through October as outdoor irrigation needs change. It's time for you to dial back your water use.

The image below depicts the increase and decrease of a typical water budget from spring into fall. Water budgets are highest during peak summer months. As we approach fall and get into September and October, we see a decline in the amount of water allocated. Water budgets do not change for weather conditions.
Click here to learn more about water budgets.
Highlands Ranch High School students install Xeric gardens
Centennial Water has partnered with Highlands Ranch High School and the Denver Botanic Gardens to help transform landscape near the front entrance of the high school into several Xeriscape demonstration gardens. The gardens selected are bee friendly and will be expanded in future years.
 
Students in the Sustainability Club alongside other student volunteers began converting the landscape and installing the new gardens this week. They will also be responsible for maintaining the gardens moving forward.
 
Centennial Water's water resource manager Thomas Riggle helped the students with funding, design and expertise.

Turf in Colorado goes from green in the summer to brown when dormant in the winter.
Dormancy is a natural progression of Colorado lawns
Colorado lawns go dormant, or go to sleep, over winter months. As we move into fall, turf will begin to change to a brown color as it goes into dormancy. Dormant lawns change color and stop growing, but their roots are still alive and thriving.

To help ensure your dormant lawn bounces back next spring, it is important to remember to hand water during dry spells over the winter. Your lawn should get roughly one inch of water each month through the winter.