Watering Your Lawn

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Lawn maintenance often uses the most water in a household. Taking the time to learn the specifications of the sprinkler/watering system will not only help with a healthy lawn but it may also reduce water consumption charges.

Lawns typically get more water than what is needed for sustainability. Too much water can wash away nutrients, suffocate roots and encourage insects, weeds and disease.

Cycle and Soak:

One of the best methods for watering a lawn is to “cycle and soak”...water, rest, water. Cheyenne’s soil is hard and can only absorb so much water at any given time. Spacing out watering intervals will give soil time to soak up water and allow that water to travel further into the soil to the grass roots.

How often to water:

Watering two days a week during the summer months should provide enough moisture to maintain a lawn. If necessary, watering a third day during extreme heat or dry periods will supplement any lack of moisture. Avoid overwatering shrubs and trees as they need less water than bluegrass lawns.  No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

REMINDER: Property owners are subject to the watering rules listed, including restriction to watering only three days per week. Watering day selection is at the discretion of the property owner but cannot exceed the three day per week restriction.

Graph showing the amount of water needed for landscape.

Irrigation Tips

  • Don’t set the irrigation clock and forget it! Adjust watering times based on the weather. Avoid watering when it’s windy or raining.
  • If brown spots are present, don’t increase the watering time. Instead water the troubled area manually with a hose. Brown spots can be caused by poor sprinkler coverage, disease, pets or chemical damage.
  • Use fertilizer sparingly. Fertilizer encourages grass growth which requires more maintenance (water and mowing).
  • “Cycle and soak”...water, rest, water. 

 

Mowing Tips:

  • Mow early in the day when it’s cool to reduce stress on grass.
  • Mow with sharp blades. Dull blades damage grass causing stress.
  •  Mow bluegrass 2.5 to 3 inches tall. Longer grass blades cause deeper rooting and shade for the grass’ root zone.
  • Leave clipping where they fall. Grass clippings are free fertilizer; don’t remove them.