Protect Lawns – And Save Water!
Posted in General by Curtis Williams
Most people don’t realize that plants do not live in the soil, but rather in the gaps (called “pores”) in the soil, sustained by the air and water within the pores. Water is critical, and an extended time without it can cause plants – including grass – to wither and eventually die off.
Yet in today’s environment, the key is to provide the right amount of water at the right times to get full benefit of the moisture without wasting this precious resource.
For new or replacement sod, look for TWCA-qualified grass, such as those within TMI’s Aqua Wise®® program. You can also find terrific information on how water-saving grasses are qualified on the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance website.
Some easy tips to share with property owners:
• Water during cooler times of the day — typically from late evening to early morning
• Avoid daily light watering, and instead water thoroughly just a few days per week.
• Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
• Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete or asphalt.
• Repair leaking sprinkler systems.
• Set your mower’s wheels to the proper height.
There is some variance of recommended heights depending on the type of grass in your yard. Tall Fescue grass, for example, should be kept no shorter than two and a half to three inches, while Bermuda grass should be kept between ¾ of an inch and 1½ inches. (Southern Nevada Water Authority)
Regardless of the abundance – or lack – of water this summer, saving water is always a good practice. Choosing water-saving grasses and using common sense in irrigation will protect property owners’ investment and keep all of our world greener.