Planting Resources

They've chosen the most popular plants and provided the essential information you need for choosing, planting, and maintaining them. Click on the link to view the complete guide.

You'll find water-wise landscaping information for Colorado Springs Utilities water customers.

They offer a variety of resources to help you create a beautiful and usable landscape that adds value to your home in our semi-arid climate. You can search their plant database, view galleries of water-smart landscapes and check out their featured plant of the month. You can also access the Colorado Springs Utilities' xeriscape fact sheets and landscape design templates, watch YouTube videos, find out about free xeriscape classes and visit two award winning xeriscape demonstration gardens

Colorado State Nursery provides more than 50 native species of bare root and container seedlings to landowners at a low cost with NO ACREAGE REQUIREMENT.  Not only can you buy seedlings (trees), they offer many native perennials as well.  Note that the plants are smaller, however, the plants will flourish well.

High Country Gardens is known for xeric plants, that need minimal water and care once established.  With a wide variety of colorful and bountiful choices, High Country Gardens is a great resources for hard to find plants and wildflower seed mixes.  They do not sell wholesale, so you will pay retail prices, however, they are fairly affordable.

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Seed/Pollinator Guides

Learn what it takes to plant a successful pollinator garden, maintain it, and save seeds for next year.  
If you have a large area to seed, contact me for less then retail prices!!

Eden Brothers offers a full page of in depth planting/growing guides.  

High Country Gardens' planting guides provide you with intense information on how to care for and winterize your beds.  The details given can be applied to any low maintenance garden.  Go the website for site preparation, seed, and planting guides.  

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Hardscape Resources

Helping arborists get rid of wood chips. Helping gardeners (like you) get cheap (most times FREE) mulch.

With Chip Drop, arborists in the field can quickly look at a map on their phone to find dump spots for their chips. By filling out a simple form, gardeners can add their home to the same map, which all the tree companies in their city can see.

Located on Hwy 66 and County Rd 1, Parker tree services offers free mulch.  Drive on up and help yourself.  

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Bedrock Landscaping Materials provides a great resource to complete your project giving you all you need including coverage charts, how to install, and maintenance tips.

From pavers to retaining walls to firepits, Bogert has all you need to know to complete your hardscape installation.  

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Coverage Chart

Decorative Rock

One Ton of Rock Covers:

  • 240 square feet - 1" deep

  • 120 square feet - 2" deep

  • 80 square feet - 3" deep

  • 60 square feet - 4" deep

  • 50 square feet - 5" deep

  • 40 square feet - 6" deep

  • 20 square feet - 12" deep

Soil or Mulch

One Cubic Yard of Soil or Wood Mulch Covers:

  • 300 square feet - 1" deep

  • 150 square feet - 2" deep

  • 100 square feet - 3" deep

  • 75 square feet - 4" deep

  • 50 square feet - 6" deep

  • 25 square feet -12" deep

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Flagstone/Rip Rap/Boulders

  • Flagstone coverage - 120 sq. ft. per ton up to 1" - 1 1/2" thick

  • Flagstone coverage - 80 sq. ft. per ton up to 2" - 2 1/4" thick

  • 2" - 4" rock coverage - 60 sq. ft. per ton

  • 4" - 8" rock coverage - 40 sq. ft. per ton

  • 4" strip stone coverage - 55 sq. ft. per ton

  • 8" wall rock coverage - 20 sq. ft. per ton

  • Rip Rap 1'-2' = 35 sq. ft. per ton

  • 8" wall rock coverage - 20 

Square Footage Calculation

Length x Width = Square Footage 
ex: Length = 30 ft; Width = 4 ft
30 x 4 = 120 Square Feet (SQ FT) 


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