Snow Accumulation/Water Conservation

For the year of 2014, we are making a large effort to help our clients and readers with water conservation. We will be putting out frequent posts about watering practices, when to change your timer, etc.

In a previous post, I discussed watering your lawn during periods of prolonged drought in our winter. I like to stick to .5 inches per month. Remembering my conversion, for every 5 inches of snow we receive, we get about .5 inches of water. Or, for every 10 inches of snow, we get 1 inch of water. Keeping that in mind, for every 5 inches of snow we get per month, you can hold off on hand watering.

December 29, 2013 the Ken Caryl Valley received an average of about 3 inches, more on the north sides. The plains received about 1.5-2 inches. Today, January 4, 2014, the valley is already around 3 inches, totaling 6 in the past week. The plains have about 2 at the moment, and it’s not stopping anytime soon. That being said, regardless of how the rest of January goes, in terms of drought, there will be no need to water. If we make it all the way to February 5 without any precipitation, that would be the time to consider hand watering.

Old Main, University of Colorado at Boulder

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