Water Wise Lawn - Rand Water

Water Wise Lawn in South Africa. Replace your lawn with hardy grass species, ornamental grass, ground cover or paving. In most gardens in South Africa, lawned areas make up a large portion of the garden. Lawn is important for recreational purposes, but in dry areas you can select indigenous, hardier varieties like (Tifwolf) LMG. This is a low maintenance grass requiring less mowing. Or plant Cynodon (Kweek) species and Phyla nodiflora (Matgrass or Carpet Grass). For a water wise lawn, and to save water, you can also reduce the amount of lawn area with hard surfaces or ground cover.

Ornamental Grass and Grass Types:

  • Ornamental Grass is a natural choice for Water Wise Gardens because they require little water (if well chosen for the site) and also little maintenance.
  • Ornamental Grass need no mowing, are pest and disease free, and need less fertilizer.
  • Ornamental Grass accommodates a wide range of soil and climatic conditions.
  • There are Grass Types for nearly every environment, and are therefore available for each water zone in the garden.
  • Select hardy, indigenous grass species for drier climates.
  • Species from the family Gramineae (true grasses) in general will be the most drought tolerant, and will be found in the driest regions.
  • Plant Gramineae (true grasses) in fertile, well drained soil in an open, sunny location.
  • Bamboos and the grasslike plants in the Carex (sedges) and Juncus (true rushes) genera, need progressively more moisture in the soil.
  • The Luzula genus (woodrushes) and Typha is more adaptable, tolerating some drought if established in rich soil under trees.

Tips for a Water Wise Lawn:

  • Reduce the mowing height of lawns to decrease the water use rate.
  • Frequent cutting of lawn reduces stress (cutting the lawn down by more than one third also causes undue stress).
  • Avoid watering of lawns during winter months, until well into the next rainy season.
  • Give lawn the lowest priority of any landscape/garden because they are slower to die, recovers easily and are usually less expensive to replace than other vegetation types.
  • Use hardy groundcovers rather than lawn in difficult areas, or consider ornamental mulches in very difficult areas (Gazania sp.).
    More Tips for Saving Water and Maintaining a Good Lawn:
  • Use a screwdriver to test the depth of watering (the screwdriver will penetrate the soil more easily when moist).
  • Parking Cars on your lawn tend to compact the lawn.
  • Don’t cut the grass below 4 cm in height or more than one third at any time because this reduces root depth, causing stress on the lawn.
  • Aerate the lawn in spring or early autumn by pushing a garden fork into the soil (preferably when wet) at a spacing of 25 mm and a depth of 100 mm. There are commercial machines available to do this.

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