Watering Your Lawn
Keep your lawn cut at the highest setting on a mower to allow the grass to shade the soil and retain moisture longer. Watering less frequently but a little deeper will build healthy roots in plants and avoid heat stress that appears with shallowly rooted lawns. Soils four to six inches below the surface will remain moist long after the surface has dried. If you notice brown spots, check your sprinkler system and make the necessary adjustments before you turn up the frequency or length of irrigation. Many times, coverage problems can be fixed and the brown spot resolved without adjusting run times. However, if your irrigation system just isn’t getting coverage, take a few minutes a couple times a week, grab a hose, and water those trouble spots by hand before simply adjusting your sprinkler controls. We are all in this drought condition together. Let’s work together to be sure there is enough water to last through the rest of the season.
CHECK OUT the city website for mandatory no watering days in your area. Utah’s water supplies are in an extreme drought condition.
Lawn Care and Storm Water Pollution
When mowing, be sure your grass clippings do not end up in the street, sidewalk, or driveway, where they can be blown or washed into storm drains. The best way to prevent this is to sweep up and discard the grass clippings or blow the clippings back onto the grass. If you hire a lawn care company, make sure they leave a clean and well-groomed environment. Grass clippings are high in phosphorus, which is a major pollutant in our waterbodies. If there are grass clippings that end up in the curb, gutter, or on the streets, you may find yourself with a ticket.
When applying fertilizer or pesticide, be careful not to over spread granular fertilizer onto the streets, gutters, sidewalks, or driveways. If this happens, sweep up any excess amounts or use a blower and blow back the excess back into the yard to prevent it from eventually going into the storm drain. Fertilizers have a lot of nitrogen, and some have iron, which can stain concrete. The numbers on the fertilizer bag represent the primary nutrients.
Let us all do our part by not allowing grass clippings or fertilizer to end up on our driveways, streets, gutters, or sidewalks that could eventually get into our storm drain systems.
As a reminder, just because you CAN flush it does not mean you SHOULD flush it. Even wipes labeled as “flushable” can lead to toilet and pipe blockages. Please dispose of floatable and flushable wipes in the garbage to avoid possible sewer back-ups.