Springtime in Texas means lawns come out of dormancy, flowers start to bloom and the routine of watering and mowing the lawn begins anew.
With the North Texas drought ongoing and water supplies restricted because of the inability to use Lake Texoma, smart yard care is as important as ever. The City and its partners can help you make the best use of a limited resource and to keep your yard looking its best.
For a healthy yard, the City and Texas AgriLife Extension Service recommend:
- Using mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
- Removing thatch and aerating turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
- Raising your lawn mower cutting height, since longer grass blades help shade each other, cut down on evaporation and inhibit weed growth.
- Regularly monitoring your irrigation system to ensure that water is not wasted and that your sprinklers are evenly watering your lawn.
While the City currently places some restrictions on water use, including the days that lawn irrigation is allowed, watering effectively doesn’t mean watering excessively.
“Good watering habits can let you have a nice looking yard while also conserving water,” said Richardson Public Services Director Jerry Ortega. “Using water wisely is especially important during drought conditions like we have seen in recent years.”
To further reduce water use, the City offers outdoor conservation kits for $5 each, which include a soil moisture meter probe, a six-position garden hose nozzle and a rain gauge. Kits can be purchased at Water Customer Service, City Hall Suite 101, or at the Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr.
While a healthy yard is important to many homeowners, a well maintained yard is as well. Residents are responsible for maintaining the grass and weeds at their property, including all adjacent parkways and alley easements.
Regular mowing will keep grass and weeds below 12 inches, the maximum allowed by City ordinance. Trees, bushes and other vegetation should also be trimmed, kept seven feet above sidewalks, 14 feet above streets and alleys, and one foot back from the alley pavement. All vegetation should also be kept trimmed so that it does not obstruct the view of motorists or pedestrians.
For more stories about home improvement, read the March 2013 edition of Richardson Today online at http://cor.net/index.aspx?page=148.