Watering Your Lawn
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things I enjoy most about summer is a lush, green lawn. It feels so good to walk barefoot on it; it provides a great picnic spot for families; is a wonderful spot for summer sports, and has a distinct smell when freshly cut. It is, however, difficult to maintain a green lawn when we are experiencing the severe temperatures and drought we have been here in Utah. There is so much information out there – some of which are contradicting – that it is difficult to know what information to rely on. Below are some tips and pointers to help you obtain that green lawn while also helping to conserve water:
In general, lawns in Utah typically require 1 to 2 inches of water weekly in the spring and fall and approximately 2.5 to 3 inches of water weekly in the summertime. If you get dry spots, spot water the dry spots and not your entire lawn.
A little-known fact – Utah is known as one of the driest states in the nation. By watering your lawn just one less time per week, you could save roughly 3000 gallons of water.
Do not water your lawn while it is windy. Rather than allowing water to soak down and be absorbed by the lawn, water is carried off by the wind and wasted.
It is also helpful to raise the setting on your lawnmower. A longer lawn will shade the roots of the grass and help retain moisture. This will help your lawn been greener and healthier.
Keep your lawn weed-free. Not only are weeds an eyesore, but they absorb a lot of water. By keeping your lawn weed-free, the water that is intended for your lawn will go to your lawn rather than the weeds. As such, a weed-free lawn is not only aesthetic but helps your lawn obtain more water. By keeping your lawn healthy you can help prevent weeds from taking root and starting.
The State of Utah recommends residents of Northern Utah water their lawns twice a week, while residents of Southern Utah water 3 times per week. No matter what – do not water your lawn in the heat of the day. The water will not soak into the roots of the lawn and will evaporate. It is best to water your lawn before 10:00 a.m. in the morning – allowing the lawn to absorb the water and dry out.
If we all do our part, we can enjoy the green grass of summer even in our beautiful desert state.