Utah’s record heat combined with the drought is making a lot of people rethink the way they water their lawn. Watering your lawn using less water and letting it go dormant is a great solution that can save thousands of gallons a year per household.
Dr. Kelly Kopp, an Extension Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist and Professor at the Utah State University, was a guest on the KSL Greenhouse Show this week. She discuss how to keep grass dormant without letting die and watering trees and shrubs in lawn areas during a drought.
How to keep grass dormant and alive
“The grasses that we grow in Utah are quite resilient, they are quite strong, even in the face of the heat we are having and the current drought. Even if you were only allowed to give our grasses the bear minimum of water they can survive in dormancy with as little as half an inch of water per month.”
How to tell if the grass is dead or dormant
“If you were very very concerned about telling the difference between dead and dormant turf grass you could dig down to the soil surface and half a look at the growing points of the grass plant and they still be quite moist and perhaps have a little bit of green color which indicates that the grass is still alive.”
Dr. Kelly Kopp discussed once we start getting into cooler temperatures at the end of summer we may start to see new leafs starting to show.
Learn more about how to keep grass dormant during the drought in the podcast below!