Plant Health

Use good soil

Having good soil for plants and turf is one of the best methods to reduce the need for irrigation. Mix organic compost at least 6-inches down. For established lawns, use compost instead of fertilizer to enrich the soil. Castle Rock soil is primarily made up of clay which prevents good water absorption.

Use mulch

Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.

Mow high

Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 2.5 inches or higher. Taller grass shades roots, holds soil moisture better and builds healthier grass. Remember to sharpen your mower blade to reduce the chances of disease.

Mulch your clippings

Leave lawn clippings on your grass which cools the ground and holds in moisture.

Aerate your lawn

Annual aeration allows oxygen and water to reach the roots, strengthening the root structure.

Use minimal fertilizer

While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the least amount of fertilizer needed and use organic materials. A major contaminant in our streams and reservoirs is excess fertilizer.

Use alternative turf

If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix more suited for our Southwest climate. Look into other low-water options such as artificial turf, Buffalo grass and Dog Tuff.

Plant in groups

Allow a group of plants to create shade for the plant root systems and reduce evaporation. Planting in groups instead of rows also gives the illusion of a more robust plant. 

Weed regularly

Weed your lawn and planting beds regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, sunlight and water.

Water only when necessary

If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water. Over-watering is the primary cause of poor plant health. Check out our Run Time Calculator to estimate your irrigation time.