Best Water Practices for Lawn Care

Properly maintaining your lawn will help you save water. 
Here are a few water saving tips to get you started:

  • Water 1 Inch: Lawns will survive on 1 inch watering, which is enough to moisten the root zone. How do you know you watered 1 inch? Mark 1 inch on a few tuna cans and place them around the lawn. As you water the lawn, keep an eye on the cans to see when the water reaches the 1 inch mark. Record how many minutes it took, so you know how long to you need to water in the future.
  • Keep Grass Longer: Higher cut grass limits weeds and encourages a deeper root system leading to a lush, healthy lawn. 
  • Aerate Your Lawn: Use an aerator tool to create pores in your grass, which will help retain water in the soil and roots. 
  • Skip the Fertilizer: Avoiding nitrogen based fertilizer can reduce your carbon footprint. The manufacturing business is energy intensive and releases greenhouse gas emissions. When the fertilizer breaks down after application, the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide is released. Consider leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing to make a natural fertilizer. Organic lawns will require less watering than chemically treated lawns.
  • Seeing Brown Is Natural: Grass will go dormant in the summer heat and in droughts. During this time, it is good to remember your grass is still alive. Be patient and wait for new green shoots to come back when the weather improves. 

Check out these practical lawn care videos, especially the video on Watering Techniques.