Best Management Practices

Landscape water conservation guidelines:  

  • Irrigate to meet plant requirements, not to a fixed schedule
  • Check soil moisture depth (6 to 8 inches for trees and shrubs, 4 to 6 inches for turf)
  • Water only when soil has dried out
  • Spot-irrigate dry spots
  • Water deeply and as infrequently as possible
  • Water between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce evaporation
  • Water in calm conditions to reduce evaporation
  • Adjust and repair irrigation system as required
  • If turf does not spring back 20 minutes after being walked on, it needs water
  • Water if turf color changes from green to blue-gray
  • If you can only insert a screwdriver 2 inches or less the turf needs water
  • Fertilize, mow, aerate and maintain landscape using recommended practices

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Fact Sheets: Conserve Water, Maintain Landscape
Water conservation tips and study results in Northern Water’s Landscaping & Watering Fact Sheets can help you conserve water, reduce irrigation costs and maintain your landscape. The information in the fact sheets is based on several years of planting, maintaining and studying dozens of drought tolerant grasses and plants. The fact sheets contain study results as well as practical guidelines for the professional landscaper and homeowner on choosing, planting and maintaining drought-tolerant grasses and plants.
 Drought-Tolerant Kentucky Bluegrass in Northeastern Colorado
 Benefits of Watering Less Often
 How do Native Warm-Season Grasses Conserve Water in Spring?
 Myth or Fact: Tall Fescue Requires Less Water Than Kentucky Bluegrass 
 What is Evapotranspiration & Why Do We Talk About It So Much?