A lawns a waste of water?

Asked December 6, 2019, 2:32 PM EST

I'm doing a research paper on fresh water and home lawns. WIth looming water shortages especially in the high desert where I live I'd like to know what the professionals think. Personally I'd like to see more native plants and less grass.

Deschutes County Oregon

10 Responses

Thank you for your question. The EPA has been a leader in researching, educating, and providing for homeowners who wish to reduce water use for lawns. Here is one article: https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/www3/watersense/pubs/outdoor.html


Thank you for your question. The EPA has been a leader in researching, educating, and providing for homeowners who wish to reduce water use for lawns. Here is one article: https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/www3/watersense/pubs/outdoor.html


Sorry; hit the wrong button--twice! There are links on the right side of that article to other information that you might find helpful. Extension services have many resources for native plant 'lawns,' including this one: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/i-need-native-alternative-my-lawn-any-ideas

Here is the 'definitive' resource for xeriscaping in Central Oregon: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/1/anintroductiontoxeriscaping.pdf

Hope these are helpful. Write back if you need more information. Good luck!

Thank you Kristena!

Kristena,

Wow, you have quite the background, very impressive.

I tried getting statistics on how successful the Smart Water Program is working in Bend, with little success. Do you have any idea how this program is working? Is there any info about new homes being built without lawns? Existing homes retrofitting grass with xeriscaping?

Thanks again,

Pam

Pam: I am tied up tonight and into tomorrow, but I will try to track down how you might get information about water habit changes when I can get back to your question. Since the installation of digital water use meters is very new, there may not yet be a report for analysis and publication. But I'm happy to work on it. I'll respond as soon as I can. Kris

Pam: I think all of the salient information about the success of the WaterSmart program is in the office of city officials, rather than on the Internet. I am tied up in a training all day Monday, when offices have re-opened, so I'm afraid you're going to have to try to access personnel yourself. The best I can do is give you the webpage with contact information, so you can call or email them: https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/utilities/conservation
Good luck!

Will do, and thanks again for your help.

I'd be interested to read your paper!