Water Conservation, it's a hot topic!
Due to extended dry periods often experienced during summers in Lyons, increased water usage is commonplace for many residents and businesses. These water conservation tactics can help conserve water and save money on utility bills - especially during the summer months.
Replace Turf with Xeric Gardens
Homeowners and businesses can plant gardens to replace turf, reduce watering requirements, and otherwise improve conservation practices for their landscapes. Resource Central's Garden In A Box program offers a simple approach to water-wise gardening. These professionally designed gardens contain perennial, xeric (low water) plants for your landscaping needs. The Town of Lyons partnered with Resource Central to provide discounts for this program this spring-demand was great and all of the allotted discounted Garden's In A Box have been claimed. Gardens are still available without the discount and are very competitively priced: https://resourcecentral.org/gardens/
Remember, Rain Barrels are Legal
Last year, the State of Colorado passed legislation that legalized the use of rain barrels for personal use. Capturing and using rainwater to help meet your irrigation needs will reduce your use of potable water, saving you money and reducing your environmental impact. You can purchase rain barrels from most hardware stores. Moreover, you can decorate them to a channel your artistic skills (see image below).
Seven Summer Lawn Irrigation Tips
- WATER TWICE A WEEK. MAKE TURF DROUGHT-TOLERANT.
Water deeply twice each week to make grass roots grow deeper and go longer without water. For sprinkler systems, cycle run times to prevent run-off. Instead of setting a zone to run for fifteen minutes, change it to water for five minutes once an hour for three hours.
- DON'T WATER BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 6 P.M.
When you water during the day, less water reaches your lawn. Water at night or in the early morning to prevent water loss caused by evaporation and wind.
- IF IT RAINS, WATER LESS.
Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly. If you have a control clock, use rain sensors to shut-off irrigation during rain events.
- WATCH FOR IRRIGATION LEAKS.
Watch for broken sprinkler heads or damaged irrigation lines that water waste. Repair leaks quickly.
- LET GRASS GROW LONGER BEFORE YOU CUT IT.
Raise your lawn mower blade and protect your lawn from heat by letting grass grow longer.
- WATER PLANTS AND TREES, NOT SIDEWALKS.
Don't spray down your driveway with water- use a broom. Broken sprinkler heads getting your sidewalk wet? Make sprinkler repairs and adjustments to keep water on your plants, turf and trees.
- INSTALL LOW-WATER LANDSCAPE AND IRRIGATION.
Avoid installing landscaping during the hottest months, especially in dry years. When appropriate, install drought-resistant turf, trees and xeric plants. Where possible, use low-water drip irrigation.
For questions concerning water conservation in Lyons, please contact Sustainability Coordinator, Toby Russell, at (303) 823-6622 ext. 46, or firstname.lastname@example.org.