Lawn Care

Water is a finite resource; it is up to all of us to conserve it and secure it for future generations. Conservation is not hard; everyday behaviors can have a big impact and it can start on your lawn.

Here are some tips:

  • Your lawn needs at least 1 to 1-1/2 inches of water per week, varying by turf grass type.
  • Water as early as you can and water 2 to 3 times per week rather than daily.
  • If you cannot push a 6-inch screwdriver into your lawn, you are not watering enough.
  • Don't water so long that it runs down the street. Concrete does not need water.
  • Try not to water when the wind is above 15 miles per hour as the majority of the water could miss the intended areas. In addition, high wind speeds significantly speed up evaporation, which means that the water that does stay on course is less effective.
  • Consider planting drought-resistant grass.
  • Follow the basic rule of thumb and raise your mower one inch when it starts getting hot.
  • Consider hiring a professional for an irrigation system audit. The audit can pinpoint problem spots and result in conservation improvements which can more than pay for the cost of the audit.
  • Remember to take into consideration rainfall and rain forecasts.

Irrigation Estimator

You can use the City of Wichita's Irrigation Estimator and estimate your average watering costs based on the total square footage of your lawn.

In order to accurately estimate costs and usage please provide:

  • Lawn’s square footage (width by length)
  • Average winter costs
  • Average number of inches the lawn receives per month
  • Water meter size (residential, commercial, industrial)

Please note the estimator provides a close estimate taking into consideration the information provided and current water rates.