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A Healthy Lawn Isn't Just About Water

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We got a good shot of rain over the weekend. And while it certainly was good for lawns in Northern Nevada, experts say it won't add up to a drought buster. And a lot of homeowners didn't bother to turn off their sprinklers during the rain.

"Every drop counts!," is the phrase that Truckee Meadows Water Authority is pushing. "And we had that out over social media over the weekend to remind people to take advantage of Mother Nature's watering and save what we can for later in the summer," said Marlene Olson. "But we won't have any actual numbers to see if people cut back 'til we do billing in another week are so."

According to Tim Carter with Ace Hardware it's just that people forget.

"When it rains and people have already set their timers for their sprinklers, it's just easy to forget to go and hit the 'it rained' button on the timers. The system doesn't know if it rained. We have to remember to tell it and a lot of people just forget."

And he says that he's cut back on everything with his lawn in light of the drought.

"TMWA wants people to cut back by 10%....but I cut mine back by about 30%. And I cut back on the fertilizer too. I don't want it to just grow so fast and have to cut it over and over. I want to slow it down. And people seem to come in looking for anyway to outdo their neighbor with long lush grass when the logical answer is to slow things instead of speeding up the growing process."  

And one other tip is to raise your lawn mower setting. With longer grass, it doesn't dry out or need as much water. 

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