Cody Semmelrock is a former MBA professor of Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont. He is an ongoing business strategy consulting firm, Acer Sustainability, LLC.
Grass cover is a lot of work today. On the one hand, the pressure to keep your farm green has never been higher. Water, on the other hand, is scarce and expensive in many parts of the United States and around the world. It can be expensive. You may have restrictions on your use. And you are looking for the safety of the planet. Large image, if you water your grass, you want to do it as efficiently as possible.
The good news is that golf courses are working hard in this dilemma every day – and we are focused on how they do it. Here are 10 tips from their presentation:
1. Evaluate your infrastructure
Sustainable solutions start with a deliberate design, so make sure you ask your own outdoor questions the right questions – just like any good supervisor. Evaluates, measures, and evaluates key metrics for any successful business. Golf courses are no different and provide a valuable template for success in managing happy and healthy grass.
Golf courses typically include irrigation and drainage systems (we guess) far from your own farm. But lower their path to your own property and at the same time consider your own grass with a critical eye. It is important to think big picture and then call to answer some questions.
Those are the questions –
How does maintaining high altitude in my soil play a role?
Are the areas of my head spray good for water distribution?
Is accessing my tube affecting me to water certain (unnecessary) parts?
Keep asking questions and you will continue to improve your skills by saving your effort, money and environmental impact.
2. Invest in smart devices
Short-term investments can pay off big in the long run. Spilled spray? One square foot is sinking and the rest of the grass is being removed. Bad pipe connection? Same Agreement – You are also washing yourself in the process.
New tools can greatly increase your effectiveness. Using a tube? Buy an automatic shut-off valve and you can save up to five gallons per minute in one NRDC. That’s just to throw it in the bucket.
You can also invest in irrigation controllers that are guided by local weather or soil moisture levels – but soon on.
3. Stop watering the sidewalk
One of the best and best things about golf courses is to water the courses you really need. Courses use heat-map technology to see where golfers actually play bullets and focus their efforts on those areas. Simply put, you don’t usually see courses that water the courses.
In my neighborhood, I see spray-pickers in front of him watering the grass — but I also see the driveway watering the road and even the road itself. The sidewalk does not need your help. Watering your sidewalk is also a great way to annoy your dog-walking neighbors.
4. Change your grass
Some courses in dry areas have used the same temperature-map information to identify assets that golfers do not play. Then they do the same, allowing some lawns to grow and replacing other areas with low maintenance features such as wildflowers or garbage cans.
What is your equivalent? Maybe there’s a corner of the lawn that you can’t use in a rock garden. They may be thinking about shrubs. How about planting native species? You can view the Indigenous Database for inspiration on how to make these potential conversions. With proper planning, these features can increase character and reduce your water usage at the same time.
5. Install a green lawn
If you are reading this website, we assume that you are considered green in your yard at all times. But think of the possibilities – roll a few during the conference call. Inviting the team to a competition. Warm up your pulse before one round. Hey, even your posture can be improved. You will be jealous of the environment, and most importantly it will be low maintenance! No need to water for a clean floor. Consider this article for your permission to continue.
Of course, not all lawns are the same, so we recommend that you do your research to find companies such as home greenery, which will make the materials (and even accessories) from recycled materials.
6. Grab rainwater
Golf courses are becoming more and more useful by capturing rainwater using their built-in area, and you can apply this lesson directly to your own lawn. Reservoirs can be easily installed to hold water out of your wells and can be used to irrigate your lawn with very little effort. (Although it is appropriate to read local laws and regulations on state-controlled gray water.)
How much water can you hold? Try this formula provided by the Federal Energy Management Program, below.
Capacity (roof size, square feet) x Monthly rainfall (inches) x Conversion factor (0.62) x Collection plant (75% -90% of system losses)
7. Start fertilizing
Golf courses require healthy soil to grow grass, and a great way to promote healthy grass is to start with your own food scraps. Some golf courses are doing this, and there is no reason why you can’t. Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions. This practice helps keep your lawn green and weed-free and is especially useful when done in dry, brown or unhealthy areas. This can be done once or twice a year and even if it does a little more work, it will make you more admired and admired!
8. Check the weather
Normally, when it rains, you do not see the spray. Understandably, this makes sense. Courses water when needed.
how? Your course systems can be controlled by state-of-the-art technology or by your supervisor. At home, if you are lucky enough to have your own preferences, it makes sense to monitor the weather.
You can walk by hand, on a daily basis and in the weather — there is nothing wrong with hands-on approach!
Or you can look at special climate-specific irrigation systems (WBIC). This solution can save up to 15,000 gallons of water per year compared to hourly controllers. If every household in the United States uses this system correctly, an EPA study found that up to 390 billion gallons of water could be saved each year, an average of 5 million households’ annual water needs.
9. Control humidity
Use technology to determine when your grass does not need more water! It is very important not to take just the color of your grass at face value.
Moisture counters are a very safe and accurate way to determine grass health. In the same way that a supervisor oversees the different parts of the lesson, you should do the same in your lawn – take a few hooks and see what information they return. Some cities, such as Sacramento, encourage readers to take advantage of this feature by turning off these free humidity controls.
10. Use the right grass
This is especially true of new lawns. Are you growing the right thing? Courses should be very deliberate in selecting grasses to produce a very strong playground that can be adapted to climate change. Although you do not tax your grass in the way it does, some grasses need more maintenance than others.
First, choose from the appropriate grass group – cool season grass or summer season grass – and then make sure you choose a native grass for your area.
See the EPA Guidelines for Water Effectiveness for more details and insights, and know that some states have extension programs that can further guide your search for a healthy, sustainable lawn.
Cody Semelrock is the founder of Acre Sustainability. Feedback? Questions? You can find it here.