Denver, CO – – – Water conservation is a high priority for members of the Rocky Mountain Sod Growers (RMSG). Current weather conditions call for an understanding of when and how to water lawns and landscapes to preserve the benefits they provide to the environment and home values.
“Proper watering practices improve the quality of your lawn, provide important environmental benefits, and save you money,” said Ed Markham, RMSG President. “It may be hard to believe, but most homeowners tend to over-water their lawns and actually waste water by not following a few relatively simple irrigation practices. These practices will ensure a healthy lawn as well as conserving water.”
The RMSG advises five basic rules to keep established lawns in peak condition, conserve water, protect the environment, and save money:
- Watering in the early morning or late evening hours is a more efficient use of water. When watering during the heat of the day, some of the water evaporates before it can be absorbed.
- Don’t “set it and forget it”. As weather conditions change, change sprinkler settings to avoid over-watering.
- Don’t water pavement and sidewalks. Adjust automatic sprinkler heads for maximum coverage.
- Hand watering may be required for areas that are under stress. Discoloring is a normal sign of stress. Keep in mind that bluegrass is very resilient and is therefore a good choice for this region.
- Be sure to account for adequate water coverage in windy conditions, as high wind conditions are prevalent in Colorado.
“Scientific research confirms that lawns, parks, and open areas cool the air while generating oxygen, reducing pollution, controlling soil erosion, and purifying and replenishing water supplies,” notes Markham. “That is to say nothing of the aesthetic values of sod in the landscape. It is in our best interest, and that of our lawns, to water wisely.”
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