SPOKANE, Wash. - With temperatures expected in the triple digits this week, the city is offering suggestions on how to take care of your lawn without seeing a big increase on your water bill.
Here are some tips from the City of Spokane Water Department:
•Do not water your lawn between noon and 6 p.m. Some experts estimate that 50 percent of the water evaporates when sprinkling in the heat of the day. Morning watering is considered best as the water does not sit on the roots overnight, which can cause problems with root rot or fungal disease.
•Do not water on windy days. Again, much of the water will be lost to evaporation or blown away from your lawn.
•Consider “grasscycling,” leaving your lawn clippings on your lawn to act as natural mulch. The clippings will retain moisture and return nutrients to the soil, improving soil texture and water retention.
Experts also suggest infrequent and deep watering to promote better root growth. The deeper the roots, the better lawns can draw water from the soil.