Water still precious

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThe drought may have broken in the state, but a University ofGeorgia expert urges Georgians not to switch out of waterconservation mode.”We’ve had a lot of rain and many of our reservoirs are filled,”said Clint Waltz, an Extension Service specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “But the water problems we face in Georgia are everybit as much a people and population problem as they are a droughtproblem. Follow these tips* If you need to fertilize, select a type of fertilizer with lessnitrogen.”To save water, slack off on fertilization so that you aren’tincreasing plant top growth,” Waltz said. “You don’t need tostimulate your grass to grow when you’re trying to save water.”* Increase your mower height. In general, the lower your mowingheight, the shallower your root system, Waltz said.”You want deeper roots with more soil volume to explore for waterand nutrients,” he said. * Promote deeper plant roots by watering less often than normal.”Increase the duration between your irrigation sessions,” saidWaltz. “This way you condition your grass to search deeper forwater.”* Think ahead to the future.”We’re out of the drought now, but no one knows for how long,” hesaid. “You have to keep pre-conditioning your lawn for the nextdrought and conserving water both for the short and long term.”Despite the recent abundance of rain water, Waltz says toremember water is still a precious resource.”You should keep the concept of saving water because it’s aprecious, precious resource,” he said. “We need to insure thatthere’s enough of it around in both wet and dry seasons.” Say on odd, even cycleMost Georgians have become accustomed to following an odd or evenday schedule for watering their lawns. Waltz says you shouldcontinue to keep on those schedules whether they are required byyour local government or not.”However, just because it’s your day to water, doesn’t mean youhave to,” Waltz said. “Your grass doesn’t know what day it is, soif it doesn’t need water, wait another day or two.”And most turfgrasses only need an inch of water per week, Waltzsaid. Some can survive on less.Aside from keeping a watering schedule, he has severalrecommendations for saving water while maintaining yourlandscape:last_img read more