Watering Your Lawn in a Drought Isn’t All Bad
There’s a drought in British Columbia and you’ve no doubt heard about the municipal regulations banning watering your lawn. ‘Water shaming’ is now a thing, with neighbours informing on each other for putting out the sprinkler for a few minutes to try to salvage their grass. That’s just common sense, right? No rain means we’ve got to save all the water we can for higher priorities. Except, in this case, common sense isn’t right – and the science around grass lawns points to a more balanced approach to watering.
In a CBC interview this week, Alan White of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association points out that giving your lawn just an inch of water a week is enough for it to survive through a dry time like this. Indeed, a well-maintained lawn can go up to 21 days without watering. At a time of drought, it’s certainly not necessary to maintain a lush green lawn that could double for a golf course – but letting it die off can actually make our dry, hot conditions even worse. […]