July is Smart Irrigation Month. We want to ensure you can celebrate this month with us by offering a few easy water conserving tricks and resources. Before jumping into irrigation tips we wanted to touch on another one of the 7 principles of xeriscaping (low-water landscaping) which is the maintenance and creation of practical turf areas. While we don’t recommend replacing all of your lawn, well maintained lawns are irreplaceable for dogs to run around on, and kids and adults to play on. We recommend thinking critically about the size and location of lawn that you do use and decide whether there is an area of unused lawn you could replace with something like a Garden In A Box or hardscaping to reduce your overall watering needs. If you’re thinking that a smaller lawn would work for your lifestyle but have questions about how to start, look at our Lawn Removal 101 resource for a breakdown of removal options. Additionally, residents of participating cities are eligible for our new Lawn Removal Service where we’ll remove and compost your lawn for you for $2 per square foot.
For the lawn that you do want to keep, there are plenty of simple ways you can make your system more efficient saving you wanter and money throughout the month. The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado provide 4 simple steps you can take to reduce your outdoor water usage:
- Conduct an irrigation audit to determine if all equipment is working properly and to check the water pressure. Resource Central offers FREE audits to residents of participating cities. Learn more and see if you qualify here.
- Upgrade nozzles in older sprinkler heads with the new models that reduce evaporation. Nozzles are small and inexpensive components that play a big role in saving water.
- Replace spray heads with drip irrigation for non-turf areas (think Garden In A Box). Drip reduces evaporation and puts more water directly at the roots where it is needed most.
- Replace your old controller with a weather-based smart controller and install rain/moisture sensors.
Our Slow the Flow team also puts together a bi-weekly Colorado Sprinkler Guide to give you watering suggestions based on the upcoming forecast, seasonal lawn maintenance tips and general water conservation tips. Sign up for the guide here!