The grass might always be greener on your neighbours’ side of the fence, but that is not necessarily a bad thing
As the City of Vancouver introduces 2019 water restrictions, home owners are encouraged to “let your lawn go gold”.
Despite the popularity and aesthetic appeal of lush, green lawns, established grass actually only needs 1” of water per week.
And if it takes on a gold or brown shade it is not dead, but dormant.
This is one of several recommendations from the City in an attempt to reduce water consumption, which usually doubles in the summer.
Other ideas include;
- Choosing drought tolerant plants for your garden
- Installing a rain barrel to collect rainwater for irrigation
- Watering in the morning or when cool to reduce water loss through evaporation
- Installing a recirculation pump on ponds, water features, fountains or swimming pools
- Use a broom to clean your driveway or other surfaces, instead of a hose
- Only using hoses with an automatic shut-off device
- Check for, and repair, leaks
- Consider replacing lawn with drought tolerant groundcovers or permeable patios and paths
- Book a free irrigation assessment to ensure your watering system is right for your garden
Water Restrictions Explained
Vancouver is currently in Stage 1 which means;
Lawn-watering days for residential addresses:
- Even-numbered addresses: 4-9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Odd-numbered addresses: 4-9 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.
Lawn-watering days for non-residential addresses:
- Even-numbered addresses: 1-6 a.m. on Mondays.
- Odd-numbered addresses: 1-6 a.m. on Tuesdays.
- All addresses: 4-9 a.m. on Fridays.
Watering outside of the permitted times is a bylaw offence, with violations resulting in fines ranging from $250 to $1,000.
Flower gardens, shrubs, plants and trees can be watered any day between 4-9am, while there is currently no restrictions on vegetable gardens.