Landscape irrigation and turf management guide

Sep 5, 2023, 12:57 PM | Updated: 1:05 pm

David Rice, Conservation Coordinator at Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, joined Taun and Tim...

David Rice, Conservation Coordinator at Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, joined Taun and Tim to talk about their landscape irrigation and turf management basics guide. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – A few months ago on the KSL Greenhouse show, Taun and guest co-host Tim Hughes were at Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, where they focus on water supply and conservation.

Taun noticed that there are many helpful resources on their website, and he found one on landscape irrigation and turf management basics. David Rice, Conservation Coordinator at Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, joined Taun and Tim to talk about what’s on this guide.

“As a water entity, our main mission is to manage a water supply and help people understand that water supply and then be efficient with it… In terms of irrigation, we’ve tried to put out information to help people understand how to water these plant materials differently,” David said.

Watering cool-season lawns like Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescues are different from watering trees and shrubs. The same goes for warm-season lawns. How and when you water them depends on the plant material.

David emphasized the importance of understanding how to irrigate no matter what time of year it is. Whether it’s a wet year or a dry year, watering to efficiency can lead to green, lush landscapes.

It doesn’t have to be barren. One of the misconceptions is that it has to look brown and dry for you to be water-efficient. However, that’s not true. David says you can have green landscapes and flowering plants and still be water-efficient.

“It’s how you irrigate… It’s how you structure the irrigation, scheduling it out,” he said.

Listen to the full segment on our podcast below!

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