AgriLife Research expert: Drought, water limitations survivable by turfgrasses
May 26, 2014
Many areas of Texas are having water shortages in the continuing drought, and a big concern is the inability to irrigate turfgrass, whether that is due to lack of water or municipality restrictions.
Homeowners are asking: What is my turf going to look like; will it come back?
Dr. Richard White, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass management scientist in College Station, said the answer is yes, with patience and a little water to keep growing points alive.
“We have a difficult time changing home consumers’ behavior in terms of how they apply water sometimes,” White said. “That’s the big reason you see so much water being used in landscapes. If they would tolerate potential 75-80 percent attrition during these dry times – the 20-25 percent of the growing points left will help rejuvenate the lawn once the rains return.”
“We have a lot we can do to conserve water if we are irrigating based on science, rather than a clock,” White said. “Our studies show that 25 percent of the population irrigating landscapes use 50 percent of all the potable water consumed within a municipality because they are not well-versed on irrigation of lawns and landscapes.
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