The Thornton Landscape Architecture office helps to ensure that landscape improvements conducted within Thornton are done so in a water-efficient and environmentally-friendly way.
The following procedures are used:
- Require new landscapes and irrigation systems to be designed to the water-wise principles in the City Code and inspect during installation to verify conformance to the approved plans
- Require soil amendments to help ensure that landscape plants grow and thrive
- Require biodiversity of trees and shrubs to attract a range of wildlife and maintain resiliency against potential diseases
- Work to preserve historical ecological features such as natural areas and mature stands of trees
- Keep waterways and ditches open as much as possible to provide habitat for native wildlife
- Encourage the use of native and drought-tolerant sod alternatives such as buffalo, blue grama, and western wheat to reduce irrigation water demand