Turf Care with Minimal Water Usage
(especially important in drought conditions and water restrictions)
These tips are offered by the turf care specialists at the City of Casper Parks Division and UW Cooperative Extension. They apply to turf care for the months of May through August.
1. Do not fertilize. Fertilization stimulates growth that requires more water than simply keeping the grass alive.
2. Mow the lawn often at no less than 3 inches.
3. Water to a depth of 12 inches of soil moisture. To determine soil moisture, insert a 12-inch screwdriver or other like stick or probe in the ground to test for depth of moistness. Water to keep moisture at a constant 12 inches of moistness.
4. Water between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
5. Use sprinklers that throw large drops of water in a flat pattern. Water from fine-spray sprinklers is easily blown about and evaporates before reaching the lawn.
6. Do not water when it is windy.
7. Do not water when it is raining.
Casper , as well as the entire state of Wyoming , has experienced several years of drought conditions. With the ongoing drought, it is important to implement water wise practices. Lawn watering increases water usage by 45%.
The above guidelines for lawn care during drought conditions are effective for most yards with little or no foot traffic. Lawns that are not lush and green are not necessarily dead. Blue grass goes through a natural summer dormancy period between June and August.
Conwell Park is an example of turf that survived an entire summer with no supplemental water. In 1998, the reconstruction of Second Street made irrigation of the park impossible until September of that year. The turf was not lush and green. In fact, it was brown and appeared dead. However, it was not dead but in dormancy. The grass survived and did not need to be replaced.