learn how much water your landscape really needs

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Jamie Lampros

Before you spend a lot of money on landscaping, you may want to educate yourself on how much you will need to water your yard.

David Rice, conservation program coordinator for the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, said many times people overwater their plants and then wonder why they didn’t survive.

“Landscape irrigation is overdone by many well-meaning people,” he said. “They will go out and buy a $300 tree and then drown it because they loved it too much.”

Rice said most plants and lawns don’t need as much water as we might think.

“Sprinklers are running too often and too long for what the true need is,” he said. “We offer several free courses to the public and have free programs to help educate them about the amount of water they should be using in their own yards.”

Not only can you take a free class on landscaping and watering, the district will come out to your home and do a free audit on your sprinkling system, Rice said.

“We spend about an hour or so going over your yard and then leave you with a customized watering schedule,” he said. “There are a lot of free educational tools for the public to take advantage of, so they can take responsibility for their own water usage.”

While Weber and Davis districts have a great supply of water, it’s not endless, Rice said. That’s why it’s so important to use it wisely.

“Our nurseries are full of experts who will help you pick out the right plant for your yard and tell you how much water you need to give it,” he said. “There are no good or bad plants out there, but in order to have successful gardens and landscapes we need to know how to give the proper care.”

Rice will be at the Standard-Examiner Spring Home and Garden Show to hand out material and answer questions about water conservation. For a list of classes offered, go to weberbasin.com.

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