LONGMONT– Lack of education and understanding concerning the true water needs of turfgrass is contributing to continued water conservation issues, and wasteful watering practices according to Rocky Mountain Sod Growers (RMSG) President
“For years individuals have been over-watering their lawns based on bad habits and information,” says Korby. “Because most individuals do not know the actual water requirements of turfgrass, and the natural growth cycle of turfgrass, many tend to overwater
Because turfgrass has been scientifically studied for many years, it is known how much water grass actually needs. Bluegrass lawns, are the most common in Colorado. Dormant in winter, bluegrass starts growing in the spring. However, because it is highly drought-tolerant, bluegrass may return to dormancy during the heat of mid-summer as part of its normal process. Homeowners who do not understand this cycle over-water in an attempt to keep the greenest grass on their side of the fence.
RMSG experts emphasize that bluegrass lawns will thrive on less than one inch of water per week during the growing season. This has been demonstrated through many scientific studies. Water needs change in the fall and winter.
“Individuals wishing to install sod, or maintain their lawns without wasting water, need to be informed,” notes Korby. “The RMSG members are the experts. We provide a free educational website that is full of information concerning watering tips, requirements, and much more. We highly encourage people to visit and learn more about how they can have a great lawn that increases their property values and benefits the environment without wasting precious water.”
For more information visit sod-growers.com.
By Stacy Cornay, Rocky Mountain Sod Growers