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Old 04-01-2007, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Yeah, that's what I was talking about overgrazing. It happens a lot in certain areas. Buffalo are the best grazers, from what I understand.

The water issue is bad in Nebraska too. The Ogallala Aquafer has been steadily dropping due to irrigation. The less water they get from Colo, the more they pump from the Ogallala. But yet people still build houses with kentucky bluegrass lawns in Colorado, something I can't understand.
I really don't know anything about the Bison as to whether or not they are gentler on grazing than cattle. They are native to our plains so maybe they are. Just wanted to say near us is a very large ranch that raise bison. A wonderful fly fishing area runs thru their graze. If you want a thrill just be fishing and that herd starts running in your direction. They never seem to have a reason or run in singles. Always the whole herd. They do run and turn as seen in the movies. As to Kentucky bluegrass. 45 yrs ago we planted it in our yard. But it is not watered as those I see water theirs in cities or towns that do not have irrigation. We never water from city water and only when it is our irrigation water day during the summer. We also sprinklers as they do. Water comes in middle of April if and when there is not repairs being done and the danger of freeze is over. Water goes out about Oct. when danger of freeze. We sprinkle for 2 days about 2 hrs each setting. That puts down about a inch of water, once a week. We have a nice lawn with deep roots that goes dormant in the winter and is green now ready to mow because of getting snow this last winter. I guess what I am trying to say is--even if you have Kentucky blue, it is not necessary to water the amount I see some people do. And why water the streets and sidewalks?
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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And why water the streets and sidewalks?
When we bought our house, it had a sprinkler system that does just that. We have modified it some, but it would be too expensive to make it perfect. Sometimes you just have to accept a little environmental imperfection. We do water less than most of our neighbors; most water daily and some even water twice a day! We try for every third day, go every other when it is really hot.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Go to the Comanche Grasslands by la Junta, CO, you will see that there are lots and lots of trees there, and also lots of cliffs and formations of rock. You just have to actually look..... there are actually lots and lots of trees in Colorado.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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When we bought our house, it had a sprinkler system that does just that. We have modified it some, but it would be too expensive to make it perfect. Sometimes you just have to accept a little environmental imperfection. We do water less than most of our neighbors; most water daily and some even water twice a day! We try for every third day, go every other when it is really hot.
During the drought years of 2002 and such, Colorado Springs was placed on a two day a week schedule. Tues. and Saturday for my address and it worked out just fine.

I hate pushing my water bills up as it is (killed the backyard lawn on purpose since it was all Kentucky Bluegrass, no other landscaping except for a couple of pine trees and it was a water waster and since no one but me and the neighbors that live behind me can see it).

Anyhow, I have since stuck with a two day a week watering schedule. I don't have the prettiest (greenest) lawn in my neighborhood but I have also reduced my lawn's potential for fungus as well. Many of my neighbors lost their lawns in 2002 and 2003 because of improper care and a fungus that swept through their yards. I water in the early mornings (around 5:00 when I get the sprinklers up and running) and regularly check my sprinklers for busted heads, incorrect aim and such to minimized water loss to go in the storm drainage system.

If it were my choice, I would redo the entire yard to reduce the grass to about 40% of what it is currently with some xeriscaping but I rent so that's not an option. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and it wasn't until I owned my own little house in the early 90s that I had a lawn. We always had natural landscaping.
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