I’m Back!

I suck at this blog thing, but I get a little too busy for it… Finally, the voice in my head that has been putting me down for being silent the last two months has won.

As I write this blog, it appears our soil temperatures are now back below 75. As I always tell everyone, this is when the roots grow, and the turf strengthens itself. Take advantage of this time. Many lawns have struggled all season due to the watering restrictions in the beginning, so fix it now before winter. Fertilize, water properly, aerate, continue mowing weekly, etc.

If you’re looking to save water, the time is approaching. There are two ways of doing so… You can either cut a day out of your watering schedule, or cut back on the time each zone runs. If you were to ask an expert, which I am clearly the best of the best, they would say to cut a day out. The rule of thumb, whatever that saying means, is water for a longer duration and less frequently. But, obviously if you take that to the extreme it will backfire. If you were to attempt to give your turf all of its weekly water in one day, and wait another week your lawn will look worse than the Ken Caryl post office. :/ (Dandelion central). Are they harvesting dandelions? Anyway, three days a week is optimal during hot months such as June, July and August. But, April and October you can definitely get away with two days a week, and you can as well in May and September, so long as we’re not experiencing horrible heat. The other way of saving water is using the seasonal adjustment I mentioned in the previous post, ehem, two months ago. I would bring it down from 100% to about 60 or 70. But, definitely wait for early September to change it.

Finally, I want to take this time to express my desire to help our clients, well, and everyone else, hone in their irrigation practices in an effort to eliminate waste. I really find it ridiculous how wasteful many of you are. Yes, you, possibly. Just because your grass grows to six inches in one week doesn’t mean you’re blessed with good soil, it means you ignore your irrigation timer, your bills, your pocketbook, societal pressures, and Denver Water’s nagging. SO, take notes where things are at RIGHT NOW. This is a great time because we’re still in August, so you can determine the health of your lawn with the current schedule. If it’s too long, take note so next June you can draw it back 10% or so. If it’s looking a little sparse, do the opposite, write notes for each zone that could use more water. This is a great reference point because when May comes next season to turn the system on you can use these same times but set the system to run only two days a week. Remember, just because it’s the time of year where the grass is growing quickly doesn’t mean it’s healthy to grow at a ridiculous rate. The rule is you never want to cut 1/3 of the blade off at a time, ALL SEASON! So, either mow daily, which SUCKS, or control the growth by being smart with your watering.

Colin out.

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