This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.
▪ Mow less, save more.
You can keep your turf and save water, too. Just let the grass grow longer. Adjust your mower’s height setting to 3 inches. Studies show that little adjustment will save 16 to 50 gallons a day (depending on weather) for a typical Sacramento front lawn. Even with the more conservative estimate, that’s potential savings of about 6,000 gallons a year.
Taller grass also promotes deeper roots and more drought-tolerance. Long lawn reduces evaporation, making what water you use last longer. And as an added benefit, the tall grass shades out weed sprouts, so you’ll have fewer weeds.
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