Time to think about outdoor water conservation

    6:10 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Water is the single most important component in the growth and survival of turf, and our lawns require a lot of it during this time of year.

    Mark Brown, a Pulaski County extension agent and a turf management expert, said the secret behind conserving water and keeping your lawn green is to water infrequently and deeply, making sure it soaks into the roots.

    "If you put good deep watering you can use less water and still keep everything healthy and keep it happy as far as making it through the summertime," he explained. "When you do water, you want to put enough minutes of water on your grass or landscape plants to soak the soil down to that six, seven, eight-inch depth."

    Brown said this will help your grass develop deeper roots and allow for less water usage.

    "Let the grass tell you when to water, and in these conditions, depending on soil type, you may be able to go 4 to 5 days without watering, so with really good soil, maybe two days a week," he added.

    Brown suggested also checking the distribution of sprinkler heads to ensure better lawn coverage.

    "Making sure and doing a quick test maybe every couple weeks on it to make sure all their heads are rotating properly. Make sure their not over spraying onto the sidewalks, onto the streets," he continued.

    Brown said paying attention to regular lawn maintenance helps, too.

    "Mowing height helps. The higher you can really keep it, the better it's going to be."
    When you do water, make sure it's during the morning hours. Brown said this prevents evaporation and wind from wasting even more water.

    During the summer months, as much as 70 to 80 percent of the water used by an average home is for outdoor use. Brown added that Central Arkansas Water customers will likely never see water restrictions since they have such a good water supply, but it's still a good idea to only water a couple of times a week.

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