SPEARFISH, SD – As summer heats up, the City of Spearfish reminds residents to follow a few practical tips to keep their lawns healthy and avoid water waste.
“While we currently do not have water restrictions in place, many cities and states do, and with drought designations in so many parts of the country, we ask everyone to follow ‘best practices’ to ensure the water system continues to operate normally,” Public Works Director Brandy Kean said.
The City has a Water Conservation Program, as well as alerts related to water usage, and the City desires to advise its customers of the importance of water conservation by being good stewards of the resource and how it can directly save them money on their utility bill.
To reduce the need for watering their lawn, people should consider raising the cutting height of their lawn mower, as many people cut their grass far shorter than is recommended. Longer grass blades help shade each other, cut down on evaporation, and inhibit weed growth, according to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is recommended to cut no more than one-third of the grass blades at any one time and to mow only when needed, to keep the grass even, as the stress of mowing causes grass to use more water.
“Remember to please not blow grass clippings into the street, as this may clog storm sewers,” Kean added.
When watering a garden or lawn, do so during the coolest part of the day (early in the morning or later in the evening), not during the mid-day hours. Avoid watering during windy conditions. Set sprinklers so they water only the garden or lawn, not the street/sidewalk, and only water when needed.
Using native plants, which require less water than ornamental varieties, and mulching shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and decrease weed growth, are also encouraged.
For more tips about “Water Conservation for Landscapes,” visit the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources website.
For more information about the City of Spearfish Water Conservation Program and Use of Water Conservation Alert Status Indicators, visit https://www.cityofspearfish.com/DocumentCenter/View/690/Water-Conservation-Program-PDF.