Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Save Water this Winter – Avoid Planting Winter Rye Grass

It may look lush, but Rye Grass could end up costing you water and money this winter

It may look lush, but Rye Grass could end up costing you a lot of  water and money this winter.

Water conservation is getting a big push in the City of Southlake beginning in 2016. As part of an ongoing effort to promote stewardship of water resources, the City will be rolling out a comprehensive campaign aimed at educating residents on responsible water use.

The goal of this effort isn’t just about water conservation, however. It’s also about helping residents save money by providing information and the tools necessary to make water conscious decisions in your day-to-day lives. In short, the motto for 2016 is “Save Tarrant Water”

Even though the official kick-off of this campaign doesn’t happen until 2016, you can start making water wise decisions right now. With the fall season upon us – even though the temperatures would lead you to believe otherwise –  many area residents are starting to think about transitioning from their summer landscape in preparation for cooler weather.

The “go to” grass in this landscape transition is usually fescue, better known as “winter rye.” However, you may want to reconsider planting new grass this fall and just let your existing lawn go dormant until spring. Here’s why:

  • Cool season grass species require regular irrigation (more water = more money) to maintain during the winter months. With the City in permanent twice a week watering restrictions, you may end up using more water than what’s permitted and a watering exemption will be needed to be filled out. The better solution is to allow your lawn to go dormant as the weather cools, turn off your sprinkler controller for the season and save water and money!
  • By not over-seeding with cool season grasses, warm season species (such as bermuda and zoysiagrass) grow back thicker and healthier after their return from winter dormancy because they aren’t having to fight against cooler season grasses for essential nutrients.

As the temperatures decrease this fall season, so too can your water use by letting your grass go dormant and turning off your sprinkler controller. Save water and save money by avoiding winter rye!

For information, helpful tips and to know what the City is doing to save water, visit the Public Works Department Water Conservation page here.  Stay tuned in 2016 to see what you can do to “Save Tarrant Water.”

What's Your H20 IQ? – SPIN Town Hall Forum

Drought Map and Watersheds

The City of Southlake is outlined to show where we are in relation the drought area map and watershed locations.

Did you know that the State of Texas has been in a persistent drought since 2010? Do you know the City and its state and regional partners’ long-term plans to address  the drought? Are you aware of the City’s capacity to provide water to resident’s and businesses? If the answer is ‘No’ to any of these questions, then mark your calendars and plan to attend the:

“What’s Your H2O IQ?” SPIN Town Hall Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:30-7:00 pm, Open House in Town Hall Lobby
7:00 – 8:00 pm, Panel Discussion in Council Chambers

Come join the City of Southlake, as well as representatives from the Texas Regional Water District (TRWD) and Texas AgriLife, as we engage the community in a panel discussion about the drought, the City’s water system,  water conservation and other water-related topics important to Southlake and the surrounding areas. Listen to the experts and engage them in a question and answer session following the presentations.

Have a question or comment already?  Submit them here.  At the forum, the panelists will address these submitted questions at the forum and any that aren’t addressed will be answered in the weeks following the event.

The Water Forum will also provide opportunities for the City of Southlake and our partners to showcase how the City has addressed (or will address) water and conservation related issues over the next several years. Before the panel discussion begins in fact, we invite you to an Open House in the Town Hall lobby (6:30 – 7:00pm) to chat with experts and pick up some informational literature to learn what you can do to boost your H20 IQ!

The discussion about water and drought is a conversation worth having. Water availability will be an ongoing issue, not only for Southlake, but for the region and state as well over the next several years. The City has a water conservation master plan that outlines what we intend to do to tackle this issues but the “What’s Your H2O IQ?” SPIN Town Hall Forum is an opportunity for you, the residents of Southlake, to have your voices heard and actively participate in the conversation. In the meantime, please visit the City’s “Water Conservation” page to learn what the City is doing to help address this important issue.

See you March 24th!

What’s Your H20 IQ? – SPIN Town Hall Forum

Drought Map and Watersheds

The City of Southlake is outlined to show where we are in relation the drought area map and watershed locations.

Did you know that the State of Texas has been in a persistent drought since 2010? Do you know the City and its state and regional partners’ long-term plans to address  the drought? Are you aware of the City’s capacity to provide water to resident’s and businesses? If the answer is ‘No’ to any of these questions, then mark your calendars and plan to attend the:

“What’s Your H2O IQ?” SPIN Town Hall Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:30-7:00 pm, Open House in Town Hall Lobby
7:00 – 8:00 pm, Panel Discussion in Council Chambers

Come join the City of Southlake, as well as representatives from the Texas Regional Water District (TRWD) and Texas AgriLife, as we engage the community in a panel discussion about the drought, the City’s water system,  water conservation and other water-related topics important to Southlake and the surrounding areas. Listen to the experts and engage them in a question and answer session following the presentations.

Have a question or comment already?  Submit them here.  At the forum, the panelists will address these submitted questions at the forum and any that aren’t addressed will be answered in the weeks following the event.

The Water Forum will also provide opportunities for the City of Southlake and our partners to showcase how the City has addressed (or will address) water and conservation related issues over the next several years. Before the panel discussion begins in fact, we invite you to an Open House in the Town Hall lobby (6:30 – 7:00pm) to chat with experts and pick up some informational literature to learn what you can do to boost your H20 IQ!

The discussion about water and drought is a conversation worth having. Water availability will be an ongoing issue, not only for Southlake, but for the region and state as well over the next several years. The City has a water conservation master plan that outlines what we intend to do to tackle this issues but the “What’s Your H2O IQ?” SPIN Town Hall Forum is an opportunity for you, the residents of Southlake, to have your voices heard and actively participate in the conversation. In the meantime, please visit the City’s “Water Conservation” page to learn what the City is doing to help address this important issue.

See you March 24th!

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