Outdoor Conservation

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Your landscape expands your living space beyond four walls, is the pride and joy of the gardener in your family and is the perfect setting for get-togethers. But did you know that you can have a healthy landscape without needing extravagant supplemental watering?

An established lawn only needs about one inch of water every seven to ten days, and over watering can cause shallow root growth, which causes the grass to lose its ability to survive drought. In fact, more Georgia lawns were damaged from over-watering than from lack of water during recent droughts in Georgia. These overwatering habits contribute to the fact that 60 percent of all household water use during the summer months is used outdoors for landscape purposes.

Here are some waterSmart tips to keep your landscape healthy, beautiful and waterSmart:

Fertilize Less

Plant Wisely

Mulch

Mow Properly

Mowing Heights for Turf grasses in Georgia

Turf grass Mowing Height (inches)
Centipede 1 to 1.5
Common Bermuda 1 to 2
Hybrid Bermuda 0.5 to 1.5
Tall Fescue 2 to 3
St. Augustine 2 to 3
Zoysia 0.5 to 1.5

Watering

These tips are only to be used in compliance with your local water provider watering restrictions.

Aerate

Collect Water

Click here to see the Outdoor Conservation FAQ.