Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Don't Let Your Lawn Die!

I came across this interesting article on

A California couple decided to let their front lawn die in order to conserve water in light of the statewide drought declaration made by California State Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, as admirable as that may be, apparently they are in violation of a City code which states that all lawns "shall be irrigated, landscaped and maintained." They now have a $746.00 fine!!!

While it is wonderful to be that dedicated to "going green", here are some tips for maintaining your lawn that might prevent you from violating a City code!

Tips for saving water in the yard (As copied from

• Make sure your irrigation system is well maintained and working properly.
• Know how much water your irrigation system puts out.
• Water the lawn when it needs water. Water as early in the day as you can to cut down evaporation.
• Set your lawn mower at its highest level. Short-clipped grass needs more water.
• Leave clippings on the lawn to add nutrients to the grass.
• Use drip systems or soaker hoses.
• Add mulch. A 3- or 4-inch layer of mulch insulates soil from heat and cold.
• Use as many natives and Mediterranean-type plants as possible.


Anonymous said...

I heard about this on the radio. I think the fine is a bit steep. We could move to be more like AZ and have rocks rather than dirt.

Amy said...

Thanks for the tips and suggestions you provided on keeping your lawn green. I'm defintely going to be using some of them.