Addicted to Grass
Let’s face it, there’s nothing like a game of family football out on the lawn on a summer’s day, nothing like taking your shoes off and letting the blades tickle your toes, nothing like the view of that great expanse before the opening pitch. Unfortunately, most grass we see isn’t getting that kind of action, or is much larger than it needs to be in order to be enjoyed.
If you are considering adding grass to your landscape, please consult this guide (information courtesy UC Davis): Turf Guide.
Proper maintenance of your lawn takes an incredible amount of time and money. Most lawns tend to be over-fertilized and over-watered. Homeowners frequently spend too much time mowing them (too short to be healthy) instead of regularly monitoring sprinkler systems. A lot of money is spent on a lot of water, when often all a lawn needs is a little aeration.
Thinking about removing grass? Check out our Turf Buyback Program.
Tips and Resources
If you actually use your grass, or just can’t bear to part with it, consider the following tips and resources to help manage it:
- Install a Weather Based Irrigation Controller that automatically adjusts irrigation for the weather.
- Consider replacing old inefficient sprinkler heads with low-precipitation rate sprinklers that have better distribution uniformity.
- If you don’t already have grass, but plan to install or plant some - call us. All high water use plants, including turf, are limited. You must submit a landscape plan for approval for any landscape that includes turf or is over 500 square feet. We can also recommend drought- and cold-tolerant varieties.
- Irrigate only in the early morning (before 9 a.m.) or evening hours (after 6 p.m.). Not only is this a Department of Water and Power (DWP) regulation, but it reduces water waste due to evaporation, which can be as high as 40% with our climate and elevation.
- Use your sprinkler’s cycles to improve percolation and reduce runoff. You can't just set it and forget it. Watering schedules need to be adjusted as plants become established, when the seasons change, and when it rains. View an easy guide to make setting your irrigation controller easier than programming your DVR.