Get More Green with Less Blue
Conserving water is smart for the planet and for your budget. Here are some simple irrigation tips that you can use to save water:
- Always use "head-to-head coverage" in your irrigation system.
- Keep the soil consistently moist but not wet. This eliminates runoff, and ensures your plants a steady supply of water.
- Do not water at night - water will sit on the lawn and may cause disease.
- Water in the early morning - evaporation is minimized and the lawn utilizes the most water.
- Do not water midday - evaporative loss is at its greatest.
- Create multiple programs for your irrigation system this allows you to water most efficiently.
- Install a rain sensor it will prevent the system from running during rain.
- Use drip irrigation in flower beds - it saves substantial amounts of water.
- Reduce run times for zones in the shade.
- Allow grass to grow before mowing - this reduces water usage.
- Practice "grass cycling" this reduces evaporative water loss from the lawn, while reducing the need for fertilizer.
- Sharpen your mower blade - sharp blades are easier on the grass and save water.
- De-thatch your lawn - water will get to the roots faster and evaporate less.
- Aerate your lawn - it prevents soil compaction and allows water to soak in faster.
- Keep plants with different watering needs on different zones trees vs. lawn, etc.
- Plant native species, native plants do better and need less special care than exotics.
- Mulch flowerbeds and trees, it reduces evaporation and controls weeds.
- Know your soil type, the three basic types: sand, loam, and clay require different watering schedules for optimal results.
- Purchase irrigation products designed to conserve water.
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