The cost of keeping your lawn green

7:27 PM, Jul 9, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Homeowners may be worrying about the cost of trying to keep their lawns green during the current dry spell.

WZZM 13 On Your Side looked at three different West Michigan communities to determine what it would cost for an average homeowner to keep their lawn green.

To help determine the cost, you must know the size of your lawn and what the local municipality charges for water and sewer service -- if you do not have a well.

On average, a lawn needs one inch of water per week -- or about 0.623 gallons per square foot. If you have a 3,000 square foot lawn -- which is the size we're using for our comparison -- you need about 1,869 gallons of water each week.

In the city of Grand Rapid, the combined costs of water and sewer are about $6.99 for each 1,000 gallons of water used. Based on the comparison, it would cost about $13.06 per week or $52 a month to water a 3,000 sq. ft. lawn.

In Rockford, water and sewer charges are about $5.96 per 1,000 gallons. For our 3,000 sq. ft. lawn, it would be about $11.14 a week or $46 a month for watering.

In Byron Center, water and sewer charges are $5.10 per 1,000 gallons -- or $9.53 a week or $38 a month for the 3,000 sq. ft. lawn.

The costs we figured are for water and sewer charges only.

Reported by Steve Zaagman in Grand Rapids

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