Creating a Low Water Lawn

Being able to create a low water lawn means the ability to save on water bills while also ensuring that you are not creating a lawn that is unnecessarily reliant on an exorbitant amount of water. Most types of grass are able to survive and thrive on the amount of water that they would normally receive in the areas that they are native too. If you have a lawn that has been seeded with grass that requires more water than your climate normally receives, you can still create a low water lawn that is able to adapt.

Use these tips to create a low water lawn that requires less water on a daily basis, but still looks great.

Learn About Your Grass

The first step in creating a low water lawn is to figure out what type of grass you are growing. This information will help you determine if the grass you have is native or not, and how much water it is used to receiving in order to survive. When it comes to curbing the amount of water you give your grass, this info will be the guide that you use to either make slight or drastic water cuts.

Turn Off The Water

We all have those neighbors that run their sprinklers every evening, so much so that you watch as the water runs off the lawn, down driveways, flooding sidewalks and eventually ends up streaming into the gutter. Grass does not need as much water as most of us think, and it really does not need it if it the water is going right back into the drains. Its time to turn off the water and establish how much water you should actually be providing and the best ways to do so.

Prime Ground

Aerate your lawn in order to loosen up the soil and grass that may have become compact over the years. Doing this will open up the soil to let more water in when you do water it. It is also a way of allowing air and other nutrients to penetrate the lawn so that you do not need to water it as much.

Scale Back Waterings
Now that you know that your lawn does not need as much water it is time to scale back the watering to work towards an approved amount. Instead of watering daily, begin by watering every other day until you reach the point where one to two waterings per week is sufficient. You can then install Gilmour water timers to have your sprinklers turn on and off on the days you have deemed the best. For the best soakings, set your timer to water early morning or late afternoon, when more water is likely to soak into the lawn.

 

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