Rocker Ute Water Conservation Yearly PSA
Posted By: Rocker Ute
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019, at 04:36 pm
Recommended by 8 user(s)
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.
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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