How Much Should I Water My Lawn?

How much should I water my lawn and trees in Highlands Ranch and Littleton? How many times per week and for how long should I water? What time of day is optimal for the best water absorption in the soil, grass and trees? These are all questions to think about as property owners, and below is a little information to get you on the right track to water your lawns and trees to maintain good health and stay within legal limits.

If you have an automatic sprinkler system where you can program the watering schedule, time, and length, then you can set it up once and it should work without you worrying about it. Of course when you first set it up, you should monitor that it is functioning properly with the schedule you programmed. If you have sprinkler heads that you place on the lawn, then you need to be more aware about the time of day and be diligent in placing the sprinklers in an area to cover the expanse of your lawn without wasting water on the sidewalk, driveway, or other concrete areas.

Note that sprinkler systems need to be winterized every year to maintain a functioning automatic sprinkler system. Depending on your location, the ground likely freezes, but if it rarely freezes, winterizing will require fewer steps to ensure that the sprinkler system functions in the coming years. A few years back, I lived in a home with an automatic sprinkler system, and my plumber was able to winterize it every year for a very small fee and gave me peace of mind knowing the pipes wouldn’t burst due to freezing and thawing.

Remember to follow your local laws regulating how many times per week you are allowed to water in order to conserve water and ensure everyone has enough. People living in Denver have the following guidelines to follow and many times if a water district receives water from Denver Water they have the same guidelines as Denver. However, this is not always the case.

Water is a limited resource in our dry climate. Using water wisely not only saves you money, but is the right thing to do. Denver Water’s 2015 summer watering rules* are enforced May 1 to Oct. 1, so please use only what you need.

Here are some guidelines. Your subdivision or town may have variations but most follow these guidelines for water conservation.

  • Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Water no more than three days per week.
  • Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.

Even your sprinkler system has guidelines, such as being audited annually. And if your sprinkler system breaks, then it must be fixed within 10 days according to current Denver Water regulations. View Denver Water Summer Watering Rules for more information.

Originally published on TreeserviceLittleton.com

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