Whether you have a standard lawn or a water-conserving Xeriscape, conscientious watering is important. Not only does it save resources, it can also help save you some money and prepare you for drought-related water shortages.
The best thing you can do to maintain a low-water garden and yard is to avoid overwatering. Often, people will forget to adjust their watering practices with the changing season. Overwatering is especially prevalent in the fall when summer water schedules are simply too much for the cooler season and shorter days. When plants and grass are overwatered, the water goes beyond the root zone and is wasted. It can also cause runoff of chemicals and reduce plant health.
Keep your yard healthy and green with proper planning and thoughtful irrigation. To maximize your efforts, you must factor in the types of plants, soil, climate, your current practices and irrigation systems and more. Reach out to the experts for a full evaluation and you could be surprised at the simple changes you can make!
Generally speaking, there are a few things you can do to improve your irrigation systems and water usage without diving too deeply into research and consultations:
• Group similar plants together by water demands to more easily tailor water application levels
• Improve soil with proper fertilization and aeration
• Install a rain shut-off device on automatic sprinklers to avoid watering in the rain
• Use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation
• Set your sprinkler clock according to weather and seasonal changes
• Harvest rainwater for reuse in the yard and garden
For more tips and the equipment you need to get started, the experts at Friedman’s are standing by. Once you get started with smart watering, you’ll be amazed at the amount of water you used to waste on your lawn and gardens. With efficient irrigation, you can see a significant decrease in your water use. Be environmentally minded and budget smart while still maintaining a lush and beautiful yard.