Will the new watering schedules kill my lawn?
Most grass varieties go dormant when watered infrequently. They don’t necessarily go dead. Cool-season grasses go dormant to protect themselves during long, hot periods when they do not have enough water to remain in an active growth phase. Warm-season grasses go dormant in cold weather, when they die back naturally.

In both cases, the grasses' crowns remain alive and, in hot situations, water may revive the grasses. It is possible, however, for weather to get so hot that no amount of water helps. This is a special concern in our arid environment. But don’t worry: Dormancy is a natural, built-in protection mechanism. Your grass probably will return when the weather cools in the fall.

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1. Why is there a drought?
2. What are the statewide water restrictions?
3. Are there additional local restrictions?
4. How long will restrictions last?
5. Will the new watering schedules kill my lawn?
6. Can I let my lawn go brown?
7. Should I continue to water other outdoor vegetation?
8. What else can I do to cut landscaping and gardening water use?
9. How much are the fines for watering on the wrong day or overwatering?
10. I see my neighbors wasting water and not watering on the right days. How do I report them?
11. What if I’m already conserving?
12. How likely am I to have a leak?
13. How can I conserve more and qualify for available rebates?
14. What are some ways I can save water outdoors?
15. What are some ways I can save water indoors?
16. Is City Hall doing its part?