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Lawn Water Savings

Watering the lawn is almost always the largest user of water in a home. If you’re looking for a way to save water it makes sense to focus on the big uses. It doesn’t get any bigger than the lawn.

From a horticultural standpoint, over-irrigation occurs much too often. However, it is most prevalent in the cooler fall months when summer irrigation schedules have not been revised to meet the current weather conditions. Over-irrigation causes three basic problems.

  • Over-irrigation pushes water beyond the root zone and is wasted. This occurs most notably in the case of turf grass. .
  • Over-irrigation causes excessive run-off, which contributes to non-point source environmental pollution.
  • Over-irrigation, in general, degrades plant health.

There are a number of ways to reduce turf grass irrigation and all of these recommendations are explored in great detail in this web site. Saving water outdoors depends on a number of factors including the type of grass, the soil, landscaping practices, climate, irrigation system efficiency, etc. It can all be a bit overwhelming. Many water utilities offer free landscape audits. An audit is a great opportunity to meet with a local expert and discuss ways to improve efficiency on your specific landscape. Contact your utility for information on these programs.

Ways to Save Water on Your Lawn

Improving irrigation efficiency is a win-win situation all around. You save money on your water bill and your landscape gets the water it needs without waste. What could be better?

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