Public Works Update

Water only two days each week but never on Sunday and never on the blackout days in your area of the city. Fines will be issued to violators.

How can grass survive by watering two days each week? 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 fix it 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. Converting your sprinkler timer to a smart controller will allow automatic adjustments based upon weather conditions. 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.

When mowing or applying granular fertilizer, be sure your grass clippings or fertilizer do not end up in the street, sidewalk, or driveway where they can be blown or washed into storm drains. Sweep up or blow the excess clippings or fertilizer and discard or place them back in 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 fertilizer and have nitrogen, which are major pollutants in our waterbodies. If there are grass clippings or fertilizer in the curb, gutter, or on the streets, you may find yourself with a fine.

Flushable wipes are a common culprit of sewer backups. They do not break-down like toilet paper does. They hang up on any irregularity in the pipe flow. When just one wipe gets hung up in the flow, many more will follow, creating a blockage in no time. Discard wipes in the trash to avoid backups in your sewer.

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