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Water Wise Resources

Every homeowner is experiencing increases in water bills, changes in availability of water and options of when you can use water. Water Wise Landscaping is becoming a practical choice to still have a beautiful yard while also practicing water conservation.
The Piney Creek HOA has put together the following resources from ECCV, Denver Water, Denver Botanic Gardens, CSU Extension Services, and Master Gardeners to help homeowners navigate creating a water wise yard. These resources encompass the direction of Senate Bill SB23-178 (a bill about the removal  of barriers to water-wise landscaping in common interest communities). Making changes to your yard is not mandatory — please use the resources for what may work for you. You can apply these principles to your whole yard, portions of your yard or not at all. For general landscaping guidelines please refer to page 12 of the Piney Creek Community Guidelines. Landscape changes and additions will need to be approved by the ACC except for the three preapproved water wise landscape designs.
Over time, these changes will help with water conservation, potentially reducing water bills and still providing a beautiful landscape. Please remember that just like any other planting, these will take about 18 months to 3 years to firmly take hold.
The following include attachments, links, and other external resources for you to check out. These are just a sampling of what is available in the Denver Metro area.
A. Landscape Planning and Design
Plant Select - provides additional landscape designs as well as individual plant suggestions for specific needs 
Denver Water  
B. Soil Improvement; Hydro-Zoning and Practical Use of Plants & Turf
C. Mulching, Irrigation and Maintenance
D. Water Wise Landscaping Books
These titles are available for checkout at the clubhouse. In addition, there are many selections of books at our public libraries that will address the specific garden appearance you may want.
The Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty by Lauren Springer
Xeriscape Plant Guide by Denver Water
Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide by Connie Lockhart Ellefson & David Winger
Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West by Susan E Meyer, Roger K Kjelgren, Darrel G Morrison and William A Varga
E. Other Resources
Stroll through a community demonstration garden
  Aurora Xeriscape Demonstration Garden — 15151 E Alameda Parkway
  Denver Botanic Gardens —1007 York St
  Denver CSU Co-op Extension — 888 E Iliff Avenue
  Harvard Gulch Park — 550 E Iliff Avenue, Denver
  Stern Park Xeric Garden —5800 S Spotswood St, Littleton
Check out your local nursery.
Plant Identification apps — most have a free trial subscription & then bill; Amazon had some free ones however check the reviews.
Google Image has a variety of search methods available.