Experts urge saving water while landscaping after dry winter

RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – The dry winter means homeowners need to be more careful with water handling when landscaping. “I think the recent water level shows that we were only 65% ​​of normal, which is a drought,” said Aurora Marin, branch manager of BrightView Landscape Services. She continued, “We’ll probably look at drought for a few more years, it will get worse before it gets better.”

Marin said your lawn and garden are one of the greatest uses of water and people should look out for it this spring. She said to turn on your irrigation system, make sure it is working properly and there are no leaks. “If we want to water primarily in an area hit by drought, we want to make sure we are getting the most out of water usage.”

Marin also said to think about ventilation, fertilizing and start mowing your lawn to make your grass green. Finally water three times a week, twice a day, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the evening.

“It doesn’t take a lot of water right now, it’s not very hot, there isn’t a lot of evaporation, so all of the water will go down and soak into the ground.”

According to BrightView Landscape Services, now is the time to clear your yard and create defensible space. “We will have a high fire season because of the drought,” said Marin.

She said the closer we get to June, the stricter the water regulations become for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

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