Urban and Residential

Our daily activities contribute to nonpoint source pollution of our water resources. The good news is that we can minimize our impact by making a few changes in how we care for lawns.

Water your lawn when it needs it. Look for the following signs of wilt:

     Leaf blades are folded in half lengthwise in an attempt to
     conserve water. The grass takes on a blue-gray tint. Footprints
     or tire tracks remain visible on the grass long after being made.

When you see these signs in approximately 50% of the lawn, the lawn needs to be irrigated. A set irrigation schedule can’t be established using this method because the length of time needed between irrigations will vary depending upon grass species, soil characteristics, time of year, temperatures, and any particular micro-environmental effects such as shade.

Things to Remember:

  •  Irrigate 2 times per week (March to October); 1 - 2 times every 2 weeks (November to February). Follow local  water use regulations.

  • Apply ½ to ¾ inch of water during each irrigation.

  • Wean the grass off a heavy watering schedule. If the irrigation system is scheduled to come on for more than 5 days a week, reduce it to 3 days a week for 2 weeks. Then reduce the irrigation schedule to 2 days a week

  • Inspect the irrigation system regularly to check for leaks in hoses, pipes, and fittings.

  •  Repair broken or clogged spray heads and emitters and adjust them to keep them from watering the pavement. Nothing grows on pavement, so water that lands on driveways and sidewalks is wasted.

Footprints in lawn
Footprints in turfgrass are a common symptom of drought stress. They are the result of a loss in turgor pressure, due to lack of water, in plant tissue

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