Water rates have increased and lawns take a lot of maintenance. The 2014 Alamosa water rate is $1.64 per 1,000 gallons for monthly usage in the 8,001 – 50,000 gallons range. This is 10 cents per 1,000 gallons more than we paid in 2012 and 13 cents less than we’ll pay in 2016. By comparison, Denver folk paid $1.56 per 1,000 gallons back in 1997 according to Jim Knoff in “Water Wise Landscaping.”
I remember the Kentucky bluegrass lawns in Denver and Colorado Springs during my college years. They were beautiful, but I don’t think vast expanses of bluegrass make much sense in today’s water-conscious age. According to Colorado State University’s Plant Talk website, bluegrass “grows best on 30 or more inches of moisture a year.” That can be as much as two inches per week in many locations. Alamosa gets around 6-8 inches per year.
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