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Rocker Ute Water Conservation Yearly PSA

Posted By: Rocker Ute
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 04:36 pm

We've had a great water year, but we aren't out of the woods yet when it comes to the multiple drought years we've had. So keep conserving the water (even though it currently feels like we are living in Seattle.)

If you have turned on your sprinklers, turn them off, no need to water right now, in fact it is a pretty safe bet that you won't need to water before June 5th.

Last year I bought a Rachio water controller which cut my already pretty low water usage by about 15%. For most people it will probably do 20-35%. Plus the state will rebate half the cost of the controller, so it should only take you a few months of watering to pay for the thing. rt-controller

You can buy the Rachio controller here for only $120 (it'll be $60 after your rebate - mine was $90 and still well worth it).

It was actually much easier to install than I thought, you just basically unplug all of the wires in your old controller and then plug them back into the new controller and then it goes.

I was a little worried that it would be too conservative and I'd start getting dry spots, which didn't happen at all. I just set it to 100% decide when and where to water and it did great. I also set it to a weather station that was only 1 mile from my house, so it was pretty accurate.

Odds are you are overwatering. I had actually had Utah State come and do a sprinkler analysis a few years back to recommend how much I should water on each station and it even saved me from that.

I was just reminded of this when last night I saw some automatic sprinklers running - in the rainstorm. Smart controllers save you from watering on rainy days, and adverse conditions like wind.

(Side note - a couple of other things to consider:

1. If grass dies, it is dead, and no amount of water will bring it back to life, so don't go and hand water dead spots. You need to get the grass when it is germinating which is in the spring and then also it can happen near the fall. Or you can also artifically get it to germinate by fertilizing the area, but simply watering won't do it.

2. Even on dry years there is no reason to water before May 15.

3. Every year I stop watering October 1 and my grass stays relatively green no matter what. Most people will have their lawn turn brown by mid to late October anyway, I've never turned brown before any of my neighbors.).

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Rocker Ute icon NEW: Rocker Ute Water Conservation Yearly PSA
Rocker Ute - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 04:36 pm [ID# 1947102] [reply]
HoopUte icon NEW: Damn straight. Want a healthy lawn? Don't water it too early or too much
HoopUte - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 05:20 pm [ID# 1947107] [reply]
SforkUte icon NEW: Nothing grinds my gears more harshly than seeing businesses, churches and homes using water to sprinkle their grass in the midst of all this rain. (nm)
SforkUte - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 06:26 pm [ID# 1947109] [reply]
Newbomb Turk icon NEW: Xeriscape. Drip systems for vegetable gardens and plants in the xeriscape areas. This will conserve water and cut down on weeds. Spray heads waste water in these areas and promote weed growth. (nm)
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 06:42 pm [ID# 1947110] [reply]
SkinyUte icon NEW: "Kids, you're driving me nuts today. Will you please go outside and play in the cactus and gravel?" (nm)
SkinyUte - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 09:56 pm [ID# 1947118] [reply]
SforkUte icon NEW: “You darn whippersnappers! Get off of my gravel!" (nm)
SforkUte - -- Thursday 23 May 2019, at 06:01 am [ID# 1947120] [reply]
pangloss icon NEW: We tested the system last week
pangloss - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 06:59 pm [ID# 1947112] [reply]
HoopUte icon NEW: I used to be able to find galvanized water lines using copper tubing in a divining rod-like technique.
HoopUte - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 07:25 pm [ID# 1947113] [reply]
Rocker Ute icon NEW: Dousing rods - yeah I didn't believe it either.
Rocker Ute - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 09:52 pm [ID# 1947117] [reply]
HoopUte icon NEW: I would dazzle (or maybe it was bore) my friends showing them how I could find sprinkler lines in a city park
HoopUte - -- Thursday 23 May 2019, at 07:58 am [ID# 1947123] [reply]
Rocker Ute icon NEW: We actually just did it with some fairly major lines going down the streets and then branching to individual homes. (nm)
Rocker Ute - -- Thursday 23 May 2019, at 08:48 am [ID# 1947125] [reply]
o NEW: More than 80% of water in Utah is consumed by agriculture. Who don't exactly let their crops go brown. We haven't had a water crisis nearly as much as a water management crisis. Letting your lawn die isn't going to do much but cost you money (nm)
Duhwayne - -- Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 08:36 pm [ID# 1947116] [reply]
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