Hello Fall, Goodbye High Water Bill

Gail Gallegos

Now is the perfect time to make a change and replace your water-guzzling grass with a more resilient WaterSaver yard!

You made it through another hot, dry summer and your excitement for fall isn’t about pumpkin spice lattes or Halloween. It’s that your water bill will be smaller so you can afford plenty of PSLs.

It’s not uncommon for many homeowners to experience sticker shock in summer. When I conduct irrigation consultations, I find as much as 75 percent of water use comes from in-ground sprinkler systems. Grass (St. Augustine, zoysia, Bermuda, etc.) requires a lot of water in summer to keep from getting crispy and brown or dying. Plus, green lawns in August means mowing in triple-digit heat.

Now is the perfect time to break that cycle and make a change — with a more resilient WaterSaver yard!

Fall is the best time for planting because your new nursery plants won’t have to weather brutal summer heat and sun. Instead, they’ll have all fall and a relatively mild winter to grow strong roots long before next summer.

Start planning how you can transform your yard with native, drought-tolerant plants. Don’t get overwhelmed. Choose a small area you can tackle this fall. Make it a nature niche or a place for pollinators to play.

Here are a few ideas and incentives:

Design

Go With the Slope

Embrace the Shade

Plan your Coupon Project

Pick a Peck of Pollinators

Grass removal

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Garden solutions

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