Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Will the Road Grow Too?

Map of the Coachella Valley - Does it look like grass should grow here?

The summer months are coming, and in the Coachella Valley summer has already begun. With summer comes the inevitable need to water lawns in an effort to keep them lush and green. The Coachella Valley is an awful place to grow grass, grass which is not native to the desert. In order for this grass to survive and grow into plump, healthy grass it must have an abundunt water source, which may require it to be watered several times a day year round. In addition to this, the city and public college use very inefficient water sprinklers that produce runoff and often don't even water the grass! The water either runs off onto the scortching hot black pavement, where it is evaporated and essentially lost and wasted or the sprinkler quite literally waters the street.
I would just like to remind everyone to be sure to adjust the heads of their water sprinklers so they actually water the grass. Also, adjust the pressure so that the water doesn't runoff into the streets. It is estimated that 25% of all water used by humans is wasted through sprinkler runoff! How absurd!

For information on how to reduce your own sprinkler run off please visit this link.

Happy Watering!

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