Greeley residents and businesses must get a variance when planting new seed or sod to water the lawn outside of the watering restrictions. If a variance is not granted, residents must follow Greeley’s watering schedule or risk getting violations and fines. With the Water Budget, you may also face exceeding your water budget and paying significantly higher rates. Variances must be obtained when landscaping a new home/commercial property or planting seed or sod in an established yard.
Greeley requires water customers to prepare the soil with compost (organic matter) to acquire a lawn watering variance. Soils on the Front Range are mainly composed of minerals and lacking organic material. A good soil requires approximately 5 percent organic material incorporated in to the native soil. When soil is properly prepared with organic matter before planting, the landscape needs less water. Properly prepared soil retains water and diminishes runoff from the lawn onto paved surfaces. Soil in Greeley is mostly clay with pockets of sandy soil. Both sand and clay are minerals that lack organic matter. Compost is a mixture that consists of decayed organic matter and is used for conditioning soil. Compost promotes microbiological activity in soils necessary for plant healthy growth. Topsoil or amended topsoil is not an approved amendment for the variance because is doesn’t contain enough organic material and is basically just ground up rock.
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