The article below is part one of a series graciously contributed by one of our clients. Watch next month for part 2!
A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces
By William Habblett, CNP, CPD
Landscape Industry Certified Manager
CWI Horticulture Instructor
Acres upon acres of Kentucky bluegrass (KBG), dusted with some perennial rye cover the landscapes of residential and commercial areas. These fields of green give back a feeling of serenity that stems from the open view that we can see for miles and the actual calming, “negative space” in the landscape where your eyes can rest. All that it asks for is just a few things: weekly mowing, edge trimming and removal from the flower and shrub beds for 36 weeks, at least 36” of moisture through the growing season, 5 pounds of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft per year, weed controls and at least aeration once per year. So you ask, what’s the problem with this for the simple visual serenity that has driven us for the last 150 years?
Most people average at least an hour per week mowing and maintaining their lawn. While this can be considered some great physical activity, most of us use motorized equipment that for every hours used, releases more pollutants than ten cars driven for an hour. Moisture? We average eleven inches of moisture per year in snow and rainfall in the Treasure Valley, where KBG requires at least 36” moisture to maintain summer green but will do best with 56” of moisture. But how much water does that equal? You need to apply 22,450 to 34,900 gallons of water per 25’ x 40’ section of turf per year.
Now in fairness, it is also the most drought […]