Home & Garden

Saving turf and water, too

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

▪  Cut back lawn irrigation.

You can save your lawn – and save water, too. Most Sacramentans water their grass 1 inch a week, 2 inches a week in July and August. Research at Texas A&M University showed that many turf grasses, particularly Bermuda grass and similar grasses, will stay green in summer with only one-quarter inch of irrigation per week. That’s at least a 75 percent savings. For every 100 square feet of lawn, that represents almost 600 gallons saved each week. And the lawn will come back to full strength once regular irrigation, or rain, resumes.

For more tips, visit www.bewatersmart.info. For the latest news and information on the California drought, click on: sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought.

Debbie Arrington