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Six steps for a green summer lawn

Published: 7/9/2020  2:33 PM
​It can be a challenge to keep your lawn green and healthy during the hottest months of the year. Here are six ways to reduce brown spots while watering within the new water-wise rules. 1. Make sprinkler repairs. New brown spots are often caused by ...

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Published: 6/30/2020  4:08 PM
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Published: 6/17/2020  10:52 AM
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Published: 6/12/2020  9:54 AM
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Six steps for your healthiest lawn

Published: 6/3/2020  8:45 AM
Enjoying a healthy, green lawn is a hallmark of Colorado summers. If you’re planning to install a new lawn this summer, here are six steps to help your project succeed. 1. Prepare the soil. Smart soil preparation is one of the best things you can d ...

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Six steps for a green summer lawn   

  by  Catherine M.  on  7/9/2020

​It can be a challenge to keep your lawn green and healthy during the hottest months of the year. Here are six ways to reduce brown spots while watering within the new water-wise rules.

1. Make sprinkler repairs. New brown spots are often caused by recent sprinkler system issues. Do a monthly check to scout for leaks and broken, sunken or turned sprinkler heads and make any needed repairs.

2. Schedule your sprinklers wisely. Learn to schedule your sprinkler system based on the type of sprinklers you have. Add in a cycle and soak schedule if you notice water running down the sidewalk before your sprinklers finish watering.

3. Follow smart lawn care practices. Mowing, fertilizing and core aerating regularly create a healthier lawn that is more drought resistant. This fact sheet covers the best practices for the Pikes Peak region.

4. Upgrade to efficient sprinkler heads. Reoccurring brown spots may be due to poor sprinkler coverage. Consider changing your pop-up fixed spray nozzles with high-efficiency multi-stream nozzles, as show in this video, for better coverage and less wind dispersion. These nozzles qualify for rebates

5. Take advantage of rain. Skip a watering day when it rains by installing a rain sensor or smart controller. A rain sensor prevents a traditional sprinkler clock from watering when it rains, while a smart controller uses weather data to run your sprinklers only when your grass needs water. Both products qualify for a rebate.

6. Renovate areas where grass is challenging to grow. Large areas, narrow strips and slopes are all challenging places to grow turfgrass. Think about removing the grass and installing low-maintenance water-wise plants instead to improve your landscape’s appearance. Discover alternative options at our Water-wise Demonstration Gardens or our online water-wise landscape photo gallery.

By using smart watering practices you can keep a beautiful lawn that provides a usable outdoor space and enhances your property value. Implementing these solutions will help your grass be as healthy as possible as we steward our community’s watering supply wisely. Learn more at


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In other words, there isn't enough to go around, and your '60s lawn is a dream of the past.

Next, recycling greywater: from your sink to you

Wednesday, July 15, 2020  3:54 PM  Pat Mace

Tip 5 - Take advantage of rain - is critical. I have had my sprinkler system off for 8 days since the first good rain last week and my yard is greener than it has been in 2 years. Unfortunately, I see lots of folks still watering every day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020  10:28 AM  Bob Lowry