With a few timely tips and some careful consideration, you can come up with a lawn that’s not only beautiful but easy on water consumption. Begin with a look at our Seven Steps, a practical primer that sets the palette for an environmentally sound greenprint.
Fescue blends. Once you’ve used a little compost to put some balance in your clay or sandy soil, start to determine where you really need grass. You don’t want to relegate Fido to a corner of the yard the size of a postage stamp, but you don’t need a border-to-border carpet to accommodate a game of Frisbee, either.
Once you have your grassy islands plotted out, seed them with fescue rather than traditional Kentucky bluegrass, which requires more water. And while you’re at it, let it grow a little longer between mowing sessions. It really makes a difference.
Native plants. Reacquaint yourself with the flora that once called central Utah home. It only makes sense that the stunning Four O’Clock, which also attracts hummingbirds, and the hardy, long-blooming Globemallow know how to make the most of what comes naturally in our region.
Here’s a starter list. You can make friends at a local nursery to find even more beautiful options.
Plant smart. Once you have your lawn mapped out, look for the placement that will help each plant thrive. Put thirstier plants in the shade where the sun won’t drink up their precious water supply. Bank your flowers, shrubbery and trees with mulch to thwart evaporation.
It’s also important to understand faithful maintenance not only keeps everything looking good but also keeps it in top form for conservation. Look for tall grasses and other plantings that provide lush ground cover to make your job easier.