Winter is finally in the rear view mirror as we turn our attention to our yards. The most important thing you can do to keep your lawn healthy and green is proper watering. This can be accomplished with minimal water waste by implementing the following water-saving practices.
The City requires all automatic lawn irrigation systems that are connected to the municipal water system to be equipped with a rain sensor. This device senses when it is raining and prevents the system from operating at that time. Keep an eye out during rain storms to ensure the sensor is in operating condition.
Maintain your irrigation system to ensure sprinklers are performing correctly and spraying over lawn and plantings rather than sidewalks, driveways, and streets.
Maintain your lawn with a mowing height of about three to four inches. The taller grass tolerates heat better than shorter grass and will typically require less water. Lawns typically do not need more that one inch of water per week. To help promote root growth, watering should be limited to once or twice per week. Watering in the morning will allow the water to soak in and not evaporate.
For more information, contact the City of Maple Grove Public Works Department at 763-494-6370 or visit the City of Maple Grove website at www.maplegrovemn.gov.