Scottsdale Homeowners Association Trials No Overseeding and Sees Major Benefits

The city of Scottsdale has a new initiative to save water, and they’re asking all residents and businesses to keep watch this fall.

Overseeding means you add grass seed to lawns to fill in bare spots or create a lusher look. Of course, you have to water them a little more for them to grow.

One Home Owners Association (HOA) notably put this practice to the test last season to see if it worked well, and it was a huge success.

Typically, homeowners and HOAs supervised in September and October, but this time last year a Scottsdale Homeowners Association opted out and they were able to save 1.5 million gallons of water. .

“This year, it’s about $3,200 for winter seeding. So if you think about it, if we don’t do the winter seeding for this season, we’ll save $3,200, plus we’ll save on water,” said Paul Traiforos, president of the Montage Homeowners Association.

He says they decided not to overseed last fall and the benefits are both financial and environmental. Scottsdale Water hopes more HOAs will follow.

Bill Casenhiser is a Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Scottsdale and says, “As a city, we’re asking all of our customers to reduce their water use by 5% now.

The city’s current initiative asks others not to delay as we enter the season. All of this is happening as Arizona faces drought, as does the Colorado River.

Scottsdale Water reports that on average, 70% of water used in residences is used outside the home, so it’s imperative to try to reduce now.

“Constantly in a struggle trying to keep the water where the water needs to be,” Casenhiser says.

A small gesture like choosing not to overseed this fall makes a big difference.

“I’ve been on the HOA board since 2008, so I know a lot of neighbors. Everyone is really behind us, we’re doing this for the environment, for the community and for the state,” Traiforos said. .

The HOA says they plan to skip overseeding each season. Scottsdale Parks and Recreation says it is leading by example and reducing overseeding in city parks.

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