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Bluegrass for yards in the Desert? Main The Durable Green Home
With all the Construction going on in Idaho I wonder when we will start to think about water conservation. Why would we install Kentucky bluegrass on thousands of subdivision yards and common areas? Why do we over water? Why do we water when it rains? Water conservation is becoming the topic of discussion around the country, and will be the next limited resource for Idaho, so lets think about what we are doing.

With all the Construction going on in Idaho I wonder when we will start to think about water conservation. Why would we install Kentucky bluegrass on thousands of subdivision yards and common areas? Why do we over water? Why do we water when it rains? Water conservation is becoming the topic of discussion around the country, and will be the next limited resource for Idaho , so lets think about what we are doing.

Kentucky bluegrass takes 30 45 inches of water per year to keep it green, while various drought tolerant grasses take a fraction of that water to maintain. We live in the high dessert where we see maybe 10-15 inches a year or less, so why are we not thinking about better water use? Water conservation is easy and there are great resources for good design. One of those resources recently gave a talk for the local USGBC (US Green Building Council of Idaho) and offers free information and help with landscaping for a drought tolerant landscape. Visit the University of Idaho local Cooperative Extension System 5880 Glenwood street Boise .

Technology has given us all kinds of resources for water conservation, from drip irrigation, low flow heads, drought tolerant or native plants, proper sprinkler adjustment, zoning, pressure devices, really to many to list. One of the neatest devices I have seen is the Rain sensor control developed by ECO research here in Idaho , www.ecoresearch.com this unique device can save 50% or more of your landscape watering needs AFTER adjustment and proper output is determined on your system.

Water use inside the home has lead to many improvements as well. The Energy Star program and the EPA are now introducing a new program called Water sense where fixtures will be tested for water use and certified much like Energy Star appliances are now. In the Green Home building programs around the country water use both outside the home and inside the home has to be addressed and has lead to many improvements in building as well. We currently have 15 LEED for Homes (Green Built with USGBC) being built in the State by various builders working with On Point www.onpointadvantage.com to certify their homes a green built home. These homes will use 30-80% less water than code built homes in the same subdivision simply by thinking about water usage before building components and landscaping are installed. Its not hard, and it is just as beautiful, and it really does make Idaho a better place for us all.

Tad Duby
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Posted by Tad Duby at 1/27/2007 12:27:00 AM
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Re:Blue grass for yards in the Desert?
I believe Hidden Springs uses the EcoResearch product.Thanks for the sharing, that makes a lot of sense. I also understand that Eagles long term water district plan is to reuse water rather than dump it in the Boise River.
Posted by on 1/26/2007 9:00 PM
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