|Look for May, 2013 "Did You Know" tips at links below|
- Agricultural Irrigation
- Crop Production
- Drinking Water
- Lakes / Ponds / Streams
- Lawn and Landscape Irrigation
- Lawns, Landscapes and Gardens
- Livestock Manure Management
- Policy / Law / Economics / Human Behavior
- Stormwater Management
- Wastewater - Domestic Sewage
- Water Basics (groundwater, surface water, hydrology)
- Well and Wellhead Management
Lawn & Landscape Irrigation
The good news about lawn and landscape irrigation is that you can have your cake and eat it, too! Lawns and landscapes can be designed and maintained to be good looking and water conserving.
Soils and zones
Start by building lawn and landscape soils with sufficient water retention for plant growth, yet allow excess water to properly drain away. Once good soils are in place, create water zones. Water zones are distinct sections of your property which contain plants with similar water needs. The first unique zone is the turf which should be separate from the other plants in the landscape; further subdivisions lead to greater water efficiency.
Right plant, right place
Choose well-adapted water-saving ornamentals and turfgrasses. This is a key component of the "right plant, right place" concept of selecting plants for the growing conditions of the landscape. Other selection criteria include plant height, fall color, disease resistance, bloom color and timing, winter appeal and level of maintenance.
Water application measurement both on lawns and ornamental plantings is one of the best steps towards a water-efficient landscape. Measuring the output of your sprinklers is easy to do, and if you make adjustments based on the results, you'll save money on your water bill.
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Did You Know?
Wise Water Use Publications Available!
Make Every Drop Count on Your Lawn -PDF only (120 KB)
Information on efficient water usage on the lawn.
Make Every Drop Count in Your Landscape -PDF only (120 KB)
Information on efficient water usage in the landscape.
Make Every Drop Count In Your Home -PDF only (502 KB)
Water use and conservation tactics for property owners.
Organization's Web site for a listing of well proven veggie and annual flower cultivars.
National Turfgrass Evaluation Program
Discover best lawngrasses for your area.