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Rules For Drought Conditions and Lawn Watering

July 16, 2012
Lawn Pros

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Rules For Drought Conditions and Lawn Watering in Colorado Springs.

One State Extension Service had this comment on lawn watering and drought: “If your lawn will not survive an ordinary drought without watering, it probably needs rebuilding.”

  • When drought conditions exist do not apply lawn fertilizer
  • Allow grass to grow higher before mowing, and mow less often
  • Reduce weed competition allows weeds to become established
  • Irrigate turf when grass needs or shows signs of needing water. Water to a depth of 6 – 8 inches where the root zone is. Do not water to runoff.
  • Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Water no more than three days per week.
  • Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.

Rules for watering new seed and sod

With the dry conditions, think twice about laying new seed and sod. If you do need to plant, please note these rules.

  •  With newly planted seed or sod You need to water new turf as necessary, for up to 21 days.
  • After 21 days, routine watering is limited to no more than three days per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

When setting up a watering program for your lawn, rain gauges are very helpful. Tracking the amount of rain fall can help in planning or adjusting irrigation schedules. Just an FYI… Drizzles do not supply very much soil moisture.
However, irrigating after a light rain can help reduce water use. Before turning on your sprinkler system, make sure your community is not under water restrictions or irrigation can only run during specific hours or days.

Rules for watering new seed and sod

With the dry conditions, think twice about laying new seed and sod. If you do need to plant, please note these rules.

  •  With newly planted seed or sod may water new turf as necessary, for up to 21 days.
  • After 21 days, routine watering is limited to no more than three days per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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