WATER IS OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE

THE TRUTH ABOUT WATER USE ON LAWNS

 An American family of four can use 400 gallons of water per day, and about 30 percent of that is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor water is used for watering lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day. Other residential outdoor uses include washing automobiles, maintaining swimming pools, and cleaning sidewalks and driveways….. EPA Report

 Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water use goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering.  EPA Report

 
A NASA scientist estimated that turf grass is the single-largest irrigated crop in the United States, three times more than corn. Experts say the environmental benefits of lawns' carbon dioxide intake are not enough to offset the impact of water usage.

 Landscaping currently accounts for at least half of all residential water demand

 
Without new conservation efforts, the amount of water going to outdoor landscaping is predicted to rise by 1.2 million acre feet a year -- enough to serve roughly 4.8 million people –Ca. Report

 
One report does not suggest that people get rid of lawns altogether, simply that they get rid of grass where they do not need it, for example front yards.

 
Most of the grasses used in U.S. lawns aren’t native to the area they are grown; many of the species come from the East, Kentucky bluegrass, for example. A lawn isn’t a big deal in the northeast, but when you recreate that same landscape out West, it becomes a major ecological issue because the only way to grow those grasses is with high use of water and nitrogen fertilizer. An individual, quarter-acre lawn isn’t a big ecological influence, but adding up all those quarter-acres for everyone in the country . . . We suspected that the ecological impact could be pretty big.”.. NASA Report

 The average person uses fifty gallons of water per day on the following activities:


· Toilet - 19 gallons per day
· Bathing & hygiene - 15 gallons per day
· Laundry - eight gallons per day
· Kitchen - seven gallons per day
· Housekeeping - one gallon per day
 

  To apply an inch of water to 1,000 square feet of lawn or garden requires 620 gallons of water.



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 FALL TIPS

1.HERE ARE SOME DROUGHT TOLERANT TREES AND SHRUBS:

TREES SHRUBS

  • AUTUMN PURPLE ASH VARIEGATED DOGWOOD
  • GREENSPIRE LINDEN TAMARISK
  • SHADBLOW SERVICEBERRY APACHE PLUME
  • AMUR MAPLE ROCK COTONEASTER
  • THIN-LEAF ALDER BLUE AVENA GRASS
  • BRISTLECONE PINE RUSSIAN SAGE
  • BLUE SPRUCE SAND SAGE
  • PINON PINE ROCK SPIREA
  • PONDEROSA PINE SUMAC
  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAPLE LILAC
  • GOLDEN RAIN TREE OREGON HOLLY

2. AUGUST IS THE LAST MONTH TO FERTILIZE ROSE BUSHES.

3.REMOVE DEAD BRANCHES ON DECISUOUS TREES

4. ZUCCHINI PUREE  IS GREAT FOR THE COMPOST PILE!!

5. PURCHASE BULBS FOR FALL PLANTING.

6. Mow lawn to no less than 2 1/2 inches.

7. TIRED OF WATERING, FERTILIZING, MOWING....CONSIDER ASTROLAWN!! IT PAYS FOR ITSELF IN 3-6 YEARS!!!

8. Use Kitty-litter , Sand, or bird seed on icy pathways and driveways instead of salt or chemicals that can build up in the soil and affect plants.

9. HERE ARE SOME DROUGHT TOLERANT FLOWERS:

BEST:

  • PENSTEMON HARDY ICEPLANT ASTER PUSSYTOE
  • ROCKCRESS DIANTHUS SEA HOLLY GAILLARDIA
  • SUN ROSE CORAL BELLS LAVENDER BLUE FLAX

ALSO GOOD:

  • COLUMBINE SEDUM DAISY SAGE
  • KINNIKINNICK JUPITER'S BEARD COREOPSIS FLEABANE
  • WILD STRAWBERRY BABY'S BREATH DAYLILY TORCHLILY
  • CREEPING PHLOX BEARDED IRIS

10. Whan shopping for trees and shrubs, look for:

  • Is the soil around the root ball damp?(not soaking wet or dry)
  • Are the trees or shrubs all standing upright?(not tipped over)
  • Is the place you are buying from well-maintained?
  • Is there browning on deciduous trees?
  • Is the tree suitable for growing zones we live in?
  • Is a warranty offered?

11. Set out food for birds that call your garden home.


12. KEEP A BUCKET OF SAND AND OIL ON HAND TO CLEAN TOOLS EACH TIME THEY HAVE BEEN USED. TAKE A BUCKET AND FILL IT 3/4 FULL OF SAND. POUR A QT. OF MOTOR OIL IN AND MIX WELL. PUT THE GARDEN TOOLS IN THE BUCKET AND MOVE THEM AROUND . THE SAND TAKES THE DIRT AND DEBRIS OFF AND THE OIL LEAVES A LIGHT COATING ON THE METAL TO PROTECT FROM RUST.

 

SEE YOU IN THE WINTER !!!


 

 HERE ARE SOME GREAT LINKS FOR THE HOMEOWNER!!!

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF TREE PLANTING!!!

THE PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIA!!

A NICE WILDFLOWER SITE

GARDENING IN THE ROCKIES Q & A'S

ONE OF THE BEST SITES FOR VIEWING AND SELECTING FLOWERS AND PLANTS


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