Save Money Watering Your Lawn Workshop July 17

NMSU News:
Having a water-conserving landscape doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t include grass.
New Mexico State University turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer has developed a subsurface drip irrigation system that reduces water usage by watering grass at its roots. He will host a hands-on workshop Friday, July 17 at the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden.
Participants will learn irrigation basics and help install a subsurface drip irrigation system during the  9 a.m. to noon workshop. Subsurface drip can reduce water used for irrigation by 20 to 30 percent,” Leinauer said. “This type of system waters right at the roots, which minimizes water loss to overhead evaporation, wind and overspray.”

“The future will only bring more effort to conserve water in our landscapes.” said Christine Chavez,  Los Alamos County’s Water and Energy Conservation Coordinator. “Subsurface drip for lawns can be part of the solution.”

A prototype of the system was installed at the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden ten years ago. 

“The system has been nearly carefree and has produced a uniformly healthy grama grass lawn.” said Carlos Valdez, Los Alamos County Extension Horticulture Agent.

“A Rio Rancho soccer fields was the first large-scale demonstration of this type of system,” Leinauer said. “It has been very successful.”

The grass is watered through a 1-foot-by-1-foot grid of irrigation lines buried below the surface. The irrigation lines have pressure-compensating emitters that release one liter,or four-tenths of a gallon of water per hour. The system is easily retrofitted to an existing lawn and is especially useful for odd shaped spaces which might include curves.

Participants are asked to RSVP. The workshop is a collaboration between NMSU and the Los Alamos Public Utilities and Parks departments.

For more information, contact Valdez at or 505.662.2656
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