This means that our lawns don’t require as much water as they did in July or August. It is important that everyone turn off their automatic sprinkler system and switch it to manual. Then, if you notice your lawn starting to get a little dry or stressed, then manually set it to run through a single cycle.
David Rice with the Governor’s Water conservation Team talks about water conservation and fall planting suggestions.
Getting Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Fall
In addition to significantly cutting back on the amount of water being place on your lawn, fall is a great time of year to do some planting in preparation for next year. Bulbs are a typical thing to plant in the fall, and there are many varieties available. As you think about how your landscaping may look in the spring, be sure to place them in an area where the color will enhance the beauty of your yard.
There are a variety of water-wise plants that can be planted in the fall. The fall is one of the best times of year to plant new plants in Utah. When the plants are planted in the heat of the summer or early spring, they don’t have enough time to develop a strong root base before the stressful time of the year hits the plant. By planting in the fall, that provides the plant all of fall, winter and spring to develop the root base that will make it more tolerant to less water in the summer, while allowing it to remain green.
Visiting a nursery to select the right plants can be a little overwhelming. There are rows and rows of plants, each with different colors, shapes and sizes, but most of them are in their infancy. There are some great demonstration gardens throughout Utah that provide visual examples of how each plant can work into any landscape.
There are demonstration gardens located in Layton, Sandy, West Jordan, Orem and St. George. To find the garden nearest you, visit www.slowtheflow.org and click on gardens.