It’s that time of year. Grass is growing, pollen is spreading, and temperatures are rising. As you mow and take care of your yard this spring, The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District has some tips for making smart landscape choices.
The recommended time to start watering your lawn and planting beds is Mother’s Day but you want to make sure you don’t over soak your landscape. Take a look at this watering guide:
Cynitha Bee is the Outreach Coordinator for the conservancy. She says about 65 percent of water used by homeowners is used outdoors in the landscape.
“The current water year is one of the worst we’ve experienced in the last 40 years,” Bee said. She says it’s important for homeowners to minimize watering now to force roots to grow deeper and to create a healthier law.
Here are some tips to keep your yard in tip-top-shape without wasting water:
- Tip 1: Do a sprinkler system tune up. Check for leaks, misaligned sprinkler heads and make sure that water is only going to the places it’s needed.
- Tip 2: Don’t set it and forget it. Your sprinkler system use should be an on/off switch. Watering frequency should match temperature.
- Tip 3: Learn to read your lawn. Footprint test (see photo). When you step on hydrated lawn, it bounces back. If you step on your lawn and it leaves a dull footprint, it means the lawn needs watering but its not yet stressed. Schedule sprinklers to run overnight then wait until the next footprint to water again.
- Tip 4: Soil moisture is key. Plants absorb water from the roots, not through the leaves so apply water with drip irrigation in planting beds. As an added bonus, you’ll reduce weeds in planting beds dramatically as a result.
- Tip 5: Small changes equal big savings over time. Look for areas of lawn that might work better as a different use or odd bits of lawn that make watering inefficient and change out those spaces.
Water conservation rebates are available to Utahns statewide thanks to funding from water providers. To find what’s available in your area, visit Utahwatersavers.com and enter your zip code.
For more tips on conservancy visit conservationgardenpark.org.