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Old 08-07-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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My family is relocating to G.J. area. I've been doing as much research as I can online and I have one question plaguing me. I hear on the forums that Grand Junction is a desert, desert climate, dry heat, etc. In the pictures that I've seen there are homes with grass. So I am trying to determine if I need to lug my riding lawn-mower with me from Ohio to G.J. or if the locals will roll their eyes at my trailer and scoff "What's he got a mower for?"

Is there a need for a lawn mower in Grand Junction or is there not?

Thank for any info.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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Grand Junction has both lawns and xeriscaping, depending on the property. Irrigation is mandatory for lawn--the city gets about 8" of precipitation PER YEAR. It is a desert.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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If you want a medium sized to big lawn in Grand Junction, be prepared to pay a couple hundred every month in the summer to water it.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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My HOA dues are $138 annually, which includes irrigation water. Best to buy a house that is not part of an HOA. Requiring a lawn in the desert is a criminal act. We water our lawn just enough to maintain a greenish look and keep the HOA off our backs. We mow the lawn about every 4 or 5 weeks.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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If you want a medium sized to big lawn in Grand Junction, be prepared to pay a couple hundred every month in the summer to water it.
Totally untrue, unless you have no irrigation rights.
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Irrigation water in GJ was relatively cheap, but also a huge pain. Most HOA have the water rights, but not always the know how to keep the system running smoothly. This is especially true if you find a smaller subdivision like the one I lived in. We were trying to sell our home this spring/summer and the irrigation water was not on until almost June! We had some major problems with our system, which was going to cost thousands of dollars to fix. So we ended up having to use city water, which cost us a ton.

So, to answer your question, unless you plan on buying a large piece of property (you better have lots of money), you probably won't need your riding lawnmower. Most of the lawns in GJ are pretty small (less than a .25 acre). A riding lawnmower will just collect dust.
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