We recently completed a Landscape Master Plan in Colorado Springs on the northwest side of town. The Master Plan was in response to increased water costs, maintenance concerns and as a retrofit to trees and vegetation that were inappropriately planted in the 1980’s.
The Master Plan Priorities for the Neighborhood Home Owner’s Association Include:
- Reduction of High Water Use Turfgrass
- Framework for an Efficient Irrigation System
- Decrease Quantity of Irrigation at Building Foundations
- Provide Places for Neighborhood Gathering
- Replace Previously Removed Shrubs and Trees
The property includes many common mistakes in the landscape industry which the Master Plan works toward mitigating:
- Narrow Areas of Turfgrass: The EVstudio General Rule of Thumb for turfgrass is to not have turfgrass in areas less than 7-ft in width for maintenance and irrigation concerns.
- Large Trees Adjacent to Foundations: This is a concern for the growth of the tree; damage to the buildings; and in the instance of fire-prone climates, the tree serves as a wick for the home.
- Over-sized Shrubs Near Homes and Circulation Areas: This creates a concern for public safety and can be a place for criminals to hide near access points to homes.
- Over-Irrigation: A common mistake is the irrigation of sidewalks and other impervious surfaces. This creates a waste of water and an increase to urban drainage issues. Some municipalities and utility company actually fine businesses and homeowners for this over-consumption and wasting of water. This is present on the property. Conversely, the property also has an over-stretched and outdated irrigation system leaving many areas of turfgrass and trees to be without irrigation.