Letter to the editor: Not a good use of water

Posted 10/2/18

Not a good use of water I've reached out to the HOA here in Highlands Ranch a few times about xeriscaping. So far no reply. We have xeriscaped half of both our back and front yards. Xeriscaping is …

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Letter to the editor: Not a good use of water

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Not a good use of water

I've reached out to the HOA here in Highlands Ranch a few times about xeriscaping. So far no reply. We have xeriscaped half of both our back and front yards.

Xeriscaping is defined as "landscaping (an area) in a style which requires little or no irrigation." 

If I understand the rules here in the Ranch, we're only allowed to xeriscape half our front yards. The other half still has to be a lawn. Which is comprised of a plant called grass not native to this part of the country, due to soil, altitude and lack of water.

While Highlands Ranch has grown tremendously during the 19 years we've lived here, the water supply hasn't. I'm also reading a growing number of social media posts by people complaining about their increasingly expensive water bills.

Yet, we're expected to use a precious and finite resource to grow something, again, not native to this area. I'm totally cool with folks who want to have lush, green lawns. But shouldn't we be given the option of doing just the opposite? Having lived in Phoenix, I know yards can look terrific without grass. Native plants and rock look awesome. And do great without water.

In the meantime, I'm going to stop watering the lawn areas at our house. It's simply a waste. Hopefully we'll get rain. If not, at least the grass will match our newly mandated brown fences!

Brian Olson

Highlands Ranch

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