Watering Guidelines for the Colorado Springs Area Explained

Water is our planet’s number one resource, vital for everyone. Here in Colorado Springs, not only is properly watering your lawn important due to our semi-arid climate, but a responsible water practice instituted by our local community. With a booming population and shrinking water supply, it’s important we all work together to ensure we have healthy landscapes and protected water.

To help the community achieve this, Colorado Springs Utilities, the company that handles the water for the city of Colorado Springs, has instituted a few regulations. But what exactly are they, and how does this coincide with the recommended guidelines for our particular climate and environment? Green Vision has the answers. Stay tuned as we walk you through everything you need to know to have a healthy, hydrated lawn. irrigation system watering lawn

The Colorado Springs Environment

Proper watering is critical to your lawn’s health. Most lawn diseases occur due to improper watering. When determining a proper irrigation schedule for your lawn, you should consider the type of grass you have, your soil type, the height at which you mow your lawn, disease or pest problems present, and the type of environment your property provides. This means considering the amount of sun vs. shade your lawn gets and the low and high areas of your yard.

In Colorado Springs, most residents and businesses have one or several cool-season types of grass that include Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass. Tall fescue has a deep root system and the highest drought tolerance of all the cool-season grasses. Lawns that are a mixture of the three will most likely go dormant during a drought but will revive when the water returns.

Our soils are made up of a mixture of clay, sand, or a combination of both. Clay soils hold water longer and can be watered less frequently than sandy soil, which drains faster.

Water Rules Put in Place By The City of Colorado Springs

The regulations put in place by Colorado Springs Utilities coincide with the guidelines instituted by other surrounding cities such as Denver, Aurora, and Fort Collins. Considered extremely important to the welfare of our environment and water resource, customers living in Colorado Springs may face fines up to $100. The six rules are listed below:

  • Between May 1 and October 15, only water before 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
  • Do not allow water to pool on hard surfaces or flow down the gutters.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within ten days. Green Vision offers routine maintenance of water sprinklers for your convenience to keep your prized irrigation system running smoothly.
  • Use a shut-off nozzle when washing anything with a hose.
  • Only clean hard surfaces such as driveways and patios if there is a public health concern.
  • Water at times of low wind.

Green Vision’s Watering Guidelines Based On Season

We recommend the below guidelines for all of our customer’s turfs, however, each season requires a slightly different amount of watering. As a general rule, follow the following watering guidelines based on the seasons here in Colorado Springs.

Season Months Watering Guidelines Notes/Weekly Watering Requirements
Late Fall through Winter November, December, January, February Many of us forget about our lawns during this time. But most damage occurs during these months so it’s very important to remember to water your lawn. Water 1-2 times per month on days above 50 degrees. Water up to 1” each time.
Spring March, April, May Water 1-2 times per week depending on natural precipitation. 1” per week recommended
Summer June, July, August, Early September Water each section of your lawn thoroughly.  Customers who have drip and micro-spray heads should water once per day at a maximum of 30 minutes per cycle. Customers who own programmable timers should focus on watering the root zone for 20 minutes per day. No matter what type of irrigation system you have, always be careful not to overwater. 1 ½” per week recommended
Early Fall Mid-September, October Due to the shorter days and cooler nights, you only have to water twice per week 1” per week recommended

Today’s Smart Irrigation Systems Offer More Control

Having a professionally installed sprinkler system is the best way to water your lawn properly. Today, irrigation systems come equipped with smart technology that allows you to set timers on your systems to have your lawn watered on specific days of the week and at precise times of the day. Many also come with weather sensors so that if it rains on that particular day, they know not to water your lawn. Today’s technology allows for optimal control regarding the irrigation of your yard.  man maintaining irrigation system in yard

Own A Sprinkler System? Save Time With Green Vision’s Spring Start-Up and Winter Blow Out System

Whether you have a smart irrigation system or one that is more traditional, Green Vision offers spring start-ups and sprinkler blowouts before winter. Give us a call now and learn how to help optimize your sprinkler system to perform its best. For additional questions regarding watering your Colorado Springs lawn, we can supply you with the answers.

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