Let’s get straight to the point: There are good ways and bad ways to grow a lawn. At Sunday we’re all about balance, which means cultivating a lush, healthy space for you and your kids and pets to play, without making too big of an eco impact.
We’re also all about saving the environment, and saving you money. The good news is that you can do both by using less water!
It’s not sorcery. It just takes a little planning and a conscious effort to grow better. Wondering how to save water on your lawn? Keep reading.
A little planning at the beginning will save you time, effort, and water in the end. Facing drought or irrigation restrictions? Plant a more drought-tolerant grass species! Find the best one for your climate here.
Another option is to simply reduce the total area requiring irrigation, a.k.a., maintain a slightly smaller lawn. Any unused lawn area can be converted into a native garden, filled with plants that are adapted to local climate conditions and thus need less water. Plus, they’re great for pollinators and wildlife!
Sunday ProTip: If you decide to plant a native garden, it’s helpful to group your plants by water requirements.
Even the most hardy, drought-tolerant grasses will need proper upkeep on your part—and good mowing practices go a long way. Here are some of our top tips for growing a lawn that’s healthy and less reliant on water:
Here’s where things really get interesting! You might be surprised at all the smart ways you can adjust your watering habits.
The first thing you’ll want to do every spring is audit your irrigation system: Fix any leaks or broken sprinkler heads, use catch cans to test for uniform distribution, adjust to make sure dry spots are covered (and that low-lying/wet spots aren’t accumulating water), and create zones to accommodate microclimates—i.e., shady and low-lying zones that need less water—so you aren’t over-applying in some areas just to hit your targets for others.
You might even consider switching to a “smart” irrigation system, which accounts for recent rainfall/evapotranspiration and soil moisture to use an average of 22–66% less water than calendar-based systems.
Sunday ProTip: Many smart irrigation controllers save so much water that they pay for themselves within a single growing season! Check with your state or local water district to see if they offer rebates for switching.
Once you have your irrigation sorted out, there are plenty of ways to continue minimizing your water usage throughout the season:
Did you know that Sunday nutrients are also working hard for the environment? We use friendly powerhouse ingredients like beet juice extract, humic acid, and seaweed in our formulations to help plants cope with drought stress and increase water retention.
Following the steps above will go a long way toward reducing your water usage and, thus, the environmental impact of your lawn. Psst: You can find even more easy eco changes here!
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Sandor, D. Water Conservation Practices for Irrigation of Turfgrass Lawns. University of Arkansas Theses and Dissertations.