Is there is a war on lawns in the U.S.? If there is, then the front lines are out in the drought-stricken western states. The first shots have definitely been fired. Both local and state governments are drastically curbing lawn irrigation, and the restrictions threaten the beauty and health of both residential and commercial landscapes.
Consider the following actions, for example:
- The City of Las Vegas has spent more than 200 million dollars over the past 10 years to reward businesses and homeowners who let their lawns die.
- The Southern Nevada Water Authority has increased its turf removal incentive payments to two dollars per square foot.
- In Los Angeles, homeowners are similarly encouraged to turn their lawns into desert gardens with drought-resistant plants like California lilacs, succulents and cacti.
The latest skirmish is in Santa Monica, California, where the local government is banning the use of nearly all new irrigation systems for landscape watering.
What’s Going On?
Landscape irrigation does account for about half of all annual residential water use in California, so getting rid of thirsty lawns and outdoor plants does seem to make sense. However, there are environmental costs, ancillary casualties in the war on turf grass.
Donald Hodel and Dennis Pittenger of the University of California Cooperative Extension caution that we should take into account the ecological functions and benefits of grass and landscape plants. As they explain, trees, shrubs, groundcovers, lawns and flowers sequester carbon and release oxygen, moderate the urban heat island effect, and help to slow the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff. They also reduce erosion and dust, provide shade and cooling, serve as habitat in built environments, and support recreation and leisure activities.
What are the Alternatives if We Want to Maintain Traditional Lawns?
For starters, planting the right kinds of grass will help.
According to Hodel and Pittenger, research has shown that warm-season grasses, when properly irrigated, require 20 percent less water than common turf grasses. This is especially the case with tall fescue grass.
The second part of the equation involves efficient and effective lawn irrigation technology, which is exactly what the IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System offers.
Lawn irrigation system design and technology has remained stagnant for decades. Commercialized in 2014, IrriGreen offers the only fundamental change in the industry in more than 40 years.
The IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System is a game-changer Adapting digital technology from commercial-grade inkjet printers; this high-tech system matches its water sprays to the layout of a lawn without overlapping, over-spraying or wasting water.
The IrriGreen system is the pinnacle of water conservation because it “prints” water onto the exact pattern of a lawn. No matter how complex the landscape is, the IrriGreen system matches the direction and distance of its multiple sprays so that no hardscapes, like patios and sidewalks, are ever watered.
Save Water While Saving Your Lawn
Because it uses as much as 50 percent less water than traditional systems, IrriGreen maintains a healthy landscape while conserving water, saving money and substantially decreasing the impact on the environment.
By using IrriGreen, home and business owners can conserve water while keeping their grass green. For more information, watch IrriGreen in action today.