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Man mowing lawn on riding lawn mowerRethinking Lawn Care
In the heat of our summers, nothing is quite as cool and inviting as a lush green lawn. When we experience drought, however, lawns are usually the first area of the landscape to receive less water.

Increasing costs and a greater environmental awareness have led us to reassess our heavy reliance on the irrigation systems and extensive maintenance that are necessary to make lawns beautiful. We face a serious dilemma in the coming years as our population continues to grow faster than our potable water supply.

Recycled Water Use
Recycled water can play a major role in the successful management of turf grasses in our area. Since recycled water is produced from municipal wastewater, the large volumes of water needed to maintain adequate turf growth are readily available even during periods of water shortage.

The higher nutrient content of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium in recycled water is beneficial to turf grasses. In many cases, turf and other landscape plants will be able to obtain all of the phosphorous and potassium they require from recycled water, as well as a large portion of their nitrogen requirement. Sufficient micro-nutrients are also supplied by recycled water.

Sensitive grasses used on golf course putting greens, however, may need to be irrigated using potable water or they should be occasionally flushed as a preventative measure.