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Keeping green with less water

Cliff Thompson

EAGLE COUNTY – If you live between Wolcott and Vail Pass and plan to water your lawn this summer, you’ll need to heed a watering schedule that governs the area.That schedule, developed by the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, allows lawn watering on alternate days depending on the last number of your street address. If it’s an even number you can water on Sundays, Wednesdays and Friday. Odd numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No lawn watering is allowed on Mondays.The summer watering restrictions are designed to conserve area water supplies, most of which come from melting snow. During summer, water use doubles or triples compared to the winter, and most of that water is used to irrigate lawns, according to the district.Most landscapes can be maintained with 25 percent to 50 percent less water than is now being used, according to the district.Here are some water-saving tips:• Trees should need irrigation one or two more times this season and should be irrigated to eight inches to 12 inches deep for best results.• Know the signs of drought stress: Plants can become more resistant to drought if they are watered less. Grass is drought-stressed if it is grayish-green and footprints don’t spring back.• Kentucky bluegrass doesn’t die without water, it simply goes dormant and will spring back with the first moisture. If there are areas of you lawn that you don’t use, consider cutting back on irrigating those areas.• Plant in the fall to take advantage of cooler temperatures and more abundant natural moisture.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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