Water Conservation and Your Nampa Lawn
In late July, the Nampa City Council voted to approve the demolition and replacement of the Nampa water tower which has been an iconic piece of the city’s skyline for 50 years. The old Nampa water tower will be replaced with one capable of holding 300% more water than the original 500,000-gallon tank, to meet the needs of one of Idaho’s fastest growing cities. This change got us thinking about water and water conservation.
At Weed Man, not only do we care about your lawn, but we care about the environment and protecting our valuable resources. In order to preserve our limited resources, we need to know how to use them most effectively. In this case, we want to share our practices for maintaining a healthy and vibrant lawn, while also using your available water most responsibly.
During our hot and dry Idaho summers, it is important that your lawn is getting plenty of water, but how much is enough? We recommend watering:
- 3 days per week for 45 minutes to one house, per sprinkler zone;
- 45 minutes for stationary sprinklers;
- One hour for rotating heads
The time of day that you water is crucial as well. Watering early in the morning is the best practice both for your lawn and for the environment.
We were recently driving through Nampa, while attempting to dodge construction cones, when we noticed multiple people watering during the middle of the day, wasting large quantities of water. Watering in the middle of the day (or afternoon) wastes more water because during these times, transpiration - the amount of water lost from plants to the atmosphere - is greatest. When you water your lawn during the heat of the day, your lawn receives significantly less water than watering for the same amount of time early in the morning, thus it requires more water to keep it healthy. Night watering, while less wasteful than midday watering, is a potential hazard for your lawn as well because the surface of the lawn remains saturated for long periods of time, creating a breeding ground for fungi and disease.
So please, water in the early morning just 3 times per week to have a happy, healthy lawn and help preserve our precious natural resources.
For more watering tips, visit our Watering Resources page HERE
Have questions regarding your lawn? Give us a call at (208) 888-9911 today!