Save Water and Save Money

There are a number of ways you can help your lawn survive a California drought and save water in general

Studies have shown a large percentage of landscapes in California are substantially over watered each year. Your lawn may well be a part of those unfortunate statistics. Lawns are similar to plants and trees and should be watered only as needed to survive during limited water availability. Allowing your lawn to dry significantly during a water shortage does not imply you have to kill your lawn. Adjusting watering frequency and duration is a simple step that will allow you to keep your lawn and still make a significant contribution in surviving a drought event.

 

Our varieties offered today are bred for drought tolerance and will survive on much less water than most people realize. Established lawns do not need to be vibrant green and lush during drought conditions. A reduction of your watering frequency and duration may have your lawn showing signs of stress and wilting, however your lawn will start to recover following each application of water. A general yellowing or browning of your lawn does not mean it is dead. Do not allow your lawn to turn completely brown for several months without any irrigation.

 

Tips to Save Water and Your Lawn

Adjust Irrigation

If in the past few months you have not adjusted your system to water less, now is the time. Try cutting your watering time or frequency by up to 30%. If you start to see areas stressing severely for water, supplement those stressed areas by hand with additional water. Don't increase water on the entire lawn because of few smaller stress areas. If your entire lawn is browning completely, increase the watering in steps and try a 25% reduction, etc. Remember an off color, semi-browning lawn during a drought is acceptable.

Morning Watering

Water early in the morning - between 4 AM and 7 AM is recommended. Early morning watering allows for better saturation and coverage by your sprinkler system. Watering later in the day usually results in your irrigation pattern being negatively affected by winds, leading to poor water coverage. Water loss through evaporation is another negative affect of irrigating later during the heat of the day.

Control Water Runoff

Watch for run off while your irrigation system is running. Water that is running onto the driveway, sidewalk, and concrete means the soil has reached its saturation point and water is being wasted. Please adjust your system to water a total of the same minutes of duration but separate the minutes by one hour. Example: if you intend to water for 10 minutes per cycle, set your system to water 5 minutes per set at 4:00 am and 5 minutes per set at 5:00 am. This will allow proper saturation of the soil and much less run off.

Maintain Sprinklers

Check your irrigation system regularly for leaks and plugged or broken sprinkler heads and valves. Be sure your sprinklers are watering your lawn and not the side walk or areas that do not need water. Sprinkler heads can be knocked out of alignment easily by an edger, lawn mower, or play activity, etc.

Adjust for the Season

Always turn your sprinkler system off when rain is expected. It is exceptionally easy to turn the system back on if the rain does not occur. Adjust your system depending on the season. Your lawn does not need the same amount of water in the winter as it does in the summer. Be sure to adjust the frequency of irrigation depending on the season and especially after receiving rainfall.

Increase Mowing Height

Maintain your lawn at a higher mowing height during the warmer summer months. A higher mowing height will encourage the turf to develop and utilize a deeper root system. The taller growth on your lawn will keep the upper soil from drying as quickly during the heat of the day.

New Technology

Check with local city and vendors on rebates available for smart irrigation controllers and systems, and other water efficient devices. New technology will give you an upper hand on watering with the ability to monitor weather in your immediate area and translate that to your irrigation system. Other areas around your home can benefit from new technology too like high-efficiency clothes washers and low-flow toilets and showers. Look for savings inside and outside your home.

Old Technology

Please use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks, streets, and parking areas. A little common sense can equal big savings. Talk to your family and friends about saving water. If everyone does a little, we all benefit a lot.

Professional Local Knowledge

Always remember a licensed landscape professional in your area would be more than qualified to assist you with specific requirements and installations.