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Water Smart Landscaping

Did you know that Kentucky Blue Grass, a grass with a 2-3" deep root system and the typical lawn grass in Minnesota, is from an area in Europe that gets 3 times more annual rainfall that we get in Minnesota?  When it doesn't rain here for a week or two it starts to get stressed out (because its shallow roots easily get dry), so people freak out and pour a lot of water on it to keep it limping along.  In Bloomington lawns are watered with treated drinking water, pumped up from deep aquifers that are 400 to 1,000 feet below the surface.  Did you know that lawn irrigation can account for half of water extraction in the summer?

Did you know that something so simple as planting a fine-fescue lawn grass, with a 8" deep root system that is drought-tolerant, could save a whole lotta drinking water from being wasted on watering lawn grass? 

Water-Smart Landscaping is a program that teaches simple tips for the lawn and landscape that can save a lot of water, build better soil (under the lawn and garden), and also how to select the right plants for the right place.


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