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Cutting Back on Grass Saves on Money and Water

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When you live in the high desert you learn to work with Mother Nature. At least that seems to be the case with homeowners in Northern Nevada. According to local landscapers, they are seeing a trend toward less grass and more of anything else.

"We decided to let go of grass and go with a more eco-friendly yard when we moved in here about a month ago," said Joe Walker of Somersett in Northwest Reno.

He decided on a large paver patio and drought-tolerant shrubs and bushes for color and lushness. He came up with that plan with Will Johnson who owns 2 Crazy Gardeners.

Johnson says he's seeing a lot of requests for that kind of balance in landscaping. "We're seeing people asking for a lot of xeriscaping, drought-tolerant plants, vines for a lush look and some color. And some softness so it doesn't just look like a desert landscape. And just a little color or grass can give you that and still save you on watering and on money."

Not only that, but installing a drip system instead of a sprinkler system saves on watering and maintenance and on labor installation.

And speaking of sprinklers don't forget to kick up the watering for hot weather. "You need to water a couple of times a day and get the ground wet enough that it's soft and you can stab a six-inch screw driver into it, but you don't want the water to run off. You have to find the balance," says Andy Gebhardt with Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

The watering schedule in this area is a three-day schedule all year-round. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses and Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses. There's no watering on Mondays.

Written by Erin Breen
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