Gardening Tips for the Week of August 2-8

August 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

How much should I water my lawn this week? 

For most homeowners, attention to irrigation efficiency has the greatest potential for water conservation.  In the typical home yard, extra attention to irrigation system design, maintenance, and management could reduce water use by 20-50%!  Using locally calculated evapo-transpiration (ET) rates to determine how much water to apply to your lawn will help you conserve water. 

The evapotranspiration rate for the seven day period between July 26-August 1 was 1.36 inches, calculated for cool season turfgrass in Gunnison.  During this time period, Gunnison received .63 inches of precipitation.  So, watering .73 inches will replace the amount of moisture that has been lost through plant transpiration and evaporation from soil during the past week and needs to be replaced to maintain a healthy lawn. 

 This is meant to be a general guide to determining your lawn’s irrigation needs.  Please note that micro-climates in your yard and various grass species in your lawn will have considerable effect on your lawn’s actual water needs, so be sure to check soil moisture to a depth of 4-8” with a garden trowel or screwdriver to determine if the root zone of your grass is sufficiently moist.

 How do I figure out how long to water my lawn in order to apply the correct amount of water?  Visit this link: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/264-Minute2Inch.html

 For more about conserving water through efficient irrigation scheduling, visit: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/265-Scheduling.html

For assistance in establishing an efficient irrigation schedule for your lawn, contact the CSU Extension Office in Gunnison County at 641-1260. 

 Nuisance Bees and Wasps

 Wasps, Yellowjackets and bees continue to bother Gunnison County gardeners this summer.  If you’re noticing a lot of these insects in your garden and would like know more about which types you may have and whether or not control is warranted, you may find this CSU extension Fact Sheet useful: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05525.html

 Eliminate Grass Clipping Collection

Did you know that One thousand square feet of bluegrass lawn generates about 200 pounds of clippings annually; of which 75 percent or 150 pounds is water?  Letting grass clippings remain on the lawn when you mow will not only eliminate a lot of landfill waste and work, it will also provide benefits to the health of your lawn.  Read this CSU Extension Fact Sheet top learn more: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07007.html

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