Benefits of Grass – Real is still Best
We’re facing one of the biggest environmental challenges of history in California right now: a record-breaking drought with no signs of ending anytime soon (although an El Nino is being anticipated later this year). Here at Hydro-Scape, we are committed to helping our customers and communities reduce water-use while maintaining a beautiful landscape.
Many of us have issues about giving up real grass. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to remove all your grass. And, you CAN reduce your water use by 25%, which is the current mandatory water restriction in California.
First off, what are the benefits of grass and why is it important for our environment?
- Natural grass cools the environment, provides oxygen & confiscates carbon dioxide. We all know what it feels like to walk bare-foot onto concrete or dirt on a very hot day. Grass doesn’t get hot enough to make you wince and run away. It stays naturally cool.
- Lawns reduce noise by sound refraction.
- It’s a natural filter. Grass absorbs dust, pollutants and particulate matter from the air and water.
- Healthy lawns increase soil stability. They have deep root systems that expand throughout the area below them reducing soil degradation and erosion.
- A lawn is an inviting & safe place for kids to play and for you to enjoy a picnic.
So, how can you keep grass around your home while reducing water use?
- First and foremost, make sure your irrigation system is operating correctly with no broken pipes or leaking sprinkler heads, etc. Check out our irrigation systems guide and troubleshooting guide.
- Make certain you’re using the proper equipment for the type of application. Sprinklers used on hills will be different then level ground.
- Ensure you’re using the latest irrigation technology to include smart products such as Weather Based Irrigation Controllers, Soil Moisture Sensors, Rain Sensors, and High-efficiency Sprinkler Nozzles. Rebates may be available for many of these products. Check your local water district.
- Be creative with your design. Consider your landscaping options by simply downsizing the amount of grassy areas in your landscape. Use interlocking pavers or decomposed granite to create walkways. Use boulders or masonry block to create sections of drought tolerant plants with grass around them. Hydro-Scape has all the landscape tools and solutions to maintain a beautiful, water-conservative lawn.
- Water on the days set forth by your water district and water at the right time. A good rule of thumb is to water only between 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind.
It’s really that simple. With a quick evaluation of your current system, your landscape design and a quick visit to your local Hydro-Scape; you will be on your way to reducing your water-use while keeping your landscape the way you enjoy it.