August 3, 2011
Preparing Your Yard Now for Impending Water Restrictions Could Protect It…And Save You Money
The Tarrant Regional Water District is
expecting to reach the
trigger for stage 1 of the drought plan around September 1.
Stage 1 requires mandatory water restrictions. Once the water
restrictions are in place, Arlington residents will be limited to
watering a maximum of twice a week. If you’re sprinkling your lawn
more than twice per week, now is the time to begin reducing your
landscape’s dependence on daily moisture.
How Much Water Do You Need?
“Studies have shown that turf grass needs 1 inch of water every five
to seven days in the heat of the summer if there hasn’t been rain,”
said Dustan Compton, Arlington Water Utilities’ conservation program
Deep watering infrequently (every five to seven days) creates a
healthier lawn than watering more frequently for a short period,
Compton continued. Turf roots grow deep into the soil when watered
infrequently and then grab water deep down during dry spells rather
than always expecting water from the top.
How To Prepare Your Lawn – A Quick, Easy Fix
To help your grass’ roots grow during the next month, Compton
suggests a gradual decrease in the frequency of your normal watering
schedule. “Start transitioning your yard by removing one of the
watering days each week until you’re down to two days a week.”
You can also use the cycle-soak method. Divide your sprinkler run
time in half, wait about an hour, and water again. An example
cycle-soak schedule for a standard pop-up spray turf grass is to
first operate at 4 a.m. for 6 minutes and again at 5:30 a.m. for
another 6 minutes. (For rotary sprinkler heads, you may want to have
two run times of 13 minutes.) This method reduces water runoff and
allows for more water to soak deep into the soil.
What will happen if you don’t condition your landscape and the water
restrictions take effect? Your lawn will exhibit signs of stress.
Plus, watering less now saves you money on your current water bill.
If you’re interested in learning how to go one step further and
plant low-maintenance greenery,
check out Arlington’s Approved
Arlington’s Lawn Watering Guide
Arlington Storm Water Education and Outreach
The Lawn Whisper’s Facebook Page –
complete with tips, article links, discussions and videos. Also on
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