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TIMING IS EVERYTHING SUN COMES UP WHEN THE WATER OFF TURN THE


WATER CONSERVATION Summer Smart Water Use One way to make sure your lawn is prepared for the scorching temperatures of summer is to "train" the roots to grow deep.


If you water your lawn every day, water only moistens the top few inches of soil encouraging shallow roots. Watering deeply (to at least six inches) helps establish deep roots and allows the moisture to remain in the root zone longer which means you don’t need to water as often. Irrigating your lawn two to three times a week in summer is all that’s needed.


WATER AT NIGHT Make sure you only water when the sun is down or during the cool morning hours to reduce evaporation losses.


REPAIR ALL LEAKS Leaks in your irrigation system may not be noticeable unless your system is running. Turn your controller on manually and walk your property looking for broken sprinkler heads, missing emitters or breaks in irrigation piping or tubing. Details on finding irrigation leaks can be found in the Smart Home Water Guide


FERTILIZING Lush lawns look great, but heavily fertilized lawns use more water and are more susceptible to heat stress. To green up a lawn without excessive growth try slow release fertilizers or those with water soluble (chelated) iron.


XERISCAPE Consider switching to a low water use, desert adapted landscape.


26 • RAVE May - August 2018


MOWING Remove only one third of the grass length at each mowing as cutting too much at once stresses the grass. Mow tall to increase shading of the soil and reduce soil water loss from evaporation.


DETHATCHING A tightly intermingled layer of dead and living stems, roots and leaves called thatch, can accumulate between the green vegetation and the soil causing grass roots growing there to quickly dry out requiring you to water more often. Dethatch during the summer months so your Bermuda grass can recover quickly (not before over-seeding).


More information can be found in Desert Lawn Care at


http://www.amwua.org/resource_documents/desert_lawn_care- english.pdf


The Avondale Water Conservation office has FREE irrigation and landscape workshops in Spring and Fall.


Email publicworks@avondaleaz.gov or visit www.avondaleaz.gov/water for details.


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