Denver, CO – – – Joe Wilkins, President of the Rocky Mountain Sod Growers, advises homeowners to consider how they water their grass and landscapes this Fall.
“Due to cooler days in the Fall, landscapes use less water. However, Fall watering is an important element to all plants as it brings them out of, and prepares them for dormancy. Simply cutting off water supplies at this time of year is not the answer, especially following a hot summer drought,” said Wilkins.
Research has shown that Kentucky bluegrass lawns do not require vast amounts of water. However, both bluegrass and fescue require water once every 30 days to survive dormancy and drought. Additionally, outside watering is beneficial through November 15th so that plants can absorb enough water to survive winter dormancy.
Fall sod installation is beneficial for many reasons including:
- water consumption is reduced due to cooler temperatures and potential for natural moisture,
- while the soil is warm and the nights are cool leaf growth slows down and root growth becomes very active,
- erosion damage and pollution related to uncovered land is reduced,
- homebuilders can get certificates of occupancy as required,
- in the event that Winter does not provide adequate moisture the landscapes are in the ground and covered for next Spring,
- there is a 30% reduction in landscape water needs for sites that are properly prepared.
Understanding how much water landscapes actually require, and how to best deliver that water, is fundamental to both property owners and municipalities. The Rocky Mountain Sod Growers, comprised of experts in the field, want you to consider the important facts concerning fall watering and sod installation. For additional information visit www.sod-growers.com.