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Did you know that up to 70% of summer water use comes from landscape irrigation? We understand that keeping your yards looking beautiful is important to you and the great news is that you can have a beautiful yard that is also water efficient.

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Planting Sod

Residents planting new sod may water every day for 14 days to establish the sod. Watering up to three times a day, five minutes per zone for pop-up heads, 15 minutes for rotors is acceptable. After the initial 14 days, residents must comply with ECCV's watering schedule.

Planting Seed

Residents planting new seed may water every day for 14 days to establish the sod. Watering up to three times a day, five minutes per zone for pop-up heads, 15 minutes for rotors is acceptable. After the initial 14 days, residents must comply with ECCV's watering schedule.

No special permits are required for this new planting program, but save your receipt in case you are cited for a violation in error.

Please check with your HOA regarding the amount of sod and seed required before making landscape changes.

sod_seeding.jpgTIPS FOR SUCCESSUL SOD AND SEEDING

  • Amend your soil by adding products such as compost, aged manure or peat moss into the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches with a Roto-Tiller or a rake. Amendments help soil retain water and nutrients for a healthy, more drought-tolerant lawn. Several types of soil amendments are available at garden or discount stores.
  • Pre-moisten your soil prior to planting or installing new sod or seeds.
  • Drought-tolerant or hybrid grass breeds such as Reveille Turf might be a better fit for Colorado’s semi-arid region. Ask your local garden vendor or landscape contractor for recommendations.
  • Additional research on soil amendments and drought-proofing your lawn can help you make decisions for successful sod and seeding.

Sprinklers

Types of Sprinkler Systems

  • Fixed- Spray Heads - Usually pop-up and supply a steady fan or circular pattern of water.
  • Rotor Heads - Produce a rotating jet of water.
  • Rotary Nozzles - Retro-fit on most pop-up heads and delivers rotating streams of water. Delivers water in larger drops at a slower rate than conventional fixed spray heads.
  • Manual Sprinklers - Attached to a hose.

Watering needs change throughout the season and vary by type of sprinkler head.

Sprinkler head selection has a huge impact on the efficiency and cost of operating an irrigation system. Sprinkler heads are available in a large range of options; different heads produce different shapes of patterns, different distance of throw, and different flows per head. All of these also vary with the water pressure at your property and the pressure on the individual zone the head is connected to.

Sprinkler zone durations can be divided into multiple cycles if your sprinkler controller supports multiple cycle programs. Each zone should run no more than 8 minutes per cycle. If the zone durations are too long, the water will pool up and run off instead of providing benefit to your lawn.

If your lawn requires more watering than this, break the zone durations into halves. Program the controller to run through a full cycle, allow for a short break, then run a second cycle to bring the total zone duration up to your lawns needs. The total watering duration for any zone should not exceed the suggested watering times in the table. A break between the cycles lets the water to percolate into the ground before the next watering cycle begins.

The manufacturers of these irrigation systems are a great resource for information about designing, installing, and operating an irrigation system.

Toro: http://www.toro.com

Rain Bird: http://store.rainbird.com

Hunter: http://www.hunterindustries.com

Orbit: http://www.orbitonline.com

Rachio: https://rachio.com

Skydrop: https://www.skydrop.com

You can also get irrigation advice from your local retailer, hardware store, or irrigation specialist.

Rotary nozzles are fairly new to the marketplace, but offer several advantages. The nozzles put down larger streams of water, streams that are less likely to be blown away by wind or evaporate before they reach the root zones of the grass. The water is applied at a slower rate, so longer zone times may be required. Water that blows away, evaporates, or runs off never reaches the root zone of the turf. Water that doesn't reach the root zone doesn't benefit your turf or your wallet.