‘Tis the season for scalping and reseeding, an annual ritual in the desert that does nothing good for the environment or for your respiratory health.
And though they are in the minority of one, the 79 acre Canyon Estates – in Palm Springs, has decided it does not need to scalp and reseed this year.
“Our Board of Directors agreed that in light of the drought in California, our community would skip overseeding,” said Canyon Estates HOA Board President Christopher Brodwell.
Though Coachella Valley water supplies are healthy, droughts in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and on the Colorado River are motivating families, businesses and communities across California to step up and save. On July 8, Governor Newsom called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent. The typical resident would not readily know how much water they need to stop using in order to reach a 15% reduction, nor what activities they would have to reduce or eliminate in order to reach a 15% reduction.
Desert Water Agency encourages its customers to “go gold” by skipping the overseeding process and letting grass brown a bit during the winter months in order to reduce water use. This not only saves water, but could save homeowners hundreds of dollars between the seed and water needed for it to germinate. For properties that still overseed, Desert Water Agency has guidelines to follow to do it efficiently (www.dwa.org/overseeding).
“Canyon Estates not overseeding is a win-win,” said DWA Board President Kristin Bloomer. “The community will see savings on their landscaping and water bills and contribute to long-term sustainability of our most precious resource.”
Riverside County is not included in the state’s drought of emergency. Even though local conditions look good, DWA encourages locals to use water efficiently.
DWA aims to reduce use by ten to thirteen percent compared to 2013, the baseline year used during the last statewide drought. Over the past twelve months, water use is trending about 11 percent lower compared to 2013.