Water is essential to the lawns you enjoy with your family and friends, but it is also becoming an increasingly scarce resource. Today, there are plenty of ways to keep your lawn healthy whilst respecting the environment and conserving this valuable resource.
Saving water even as you care for your lawn and landscaping does not have to be time-consuming or difficult. Most of the efficient things you can do to protect your community’s water supply and reduce your water bills are quite easy and simple.
Landscaping artists share some water-saving tips below that you can implement today.
1. Mow at the Right Height
Grass mowed at the right height will develop a deeper root system that is more efficient at finding nutrients and water in the soil. Moreover, they can grow and support more roots, allowing your lawn to withstand heat, wear and tear, and drought. Most lawns will prefer your lawn mower set to one of the highest settings, giving a 7.62 – 10.16 cm (3-4 inch) cut.
2. Leave the Grass Clippings
When mowing, consider leaving the clippings right on your lawn. Grass clippings will break down quickly, thus putting the beneficial nutrients back into the soil. However, avoid removing too much of the grass blades because this shocks the grass. Also, leaving clipping piles on your lawn will smother the grass, so make sure to spread them out.
3. Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation can reduce water loss by at least 60% as opposed to the traditional watering methods. With the traditional methods, water is being delivered faster than most soils can absorb it, and so water runs off the surface. It can even remove the valuable nutrients and topsoil.
With properly adjusted drip irrigation, the soil will immediately soak up the water, and there will be no runoff or flooding because all the water will go directly to the roots. Winds won’t carry water away either, the way it does with sprinkler systems.
Mulch will conserve moisture by minimising water evaporation from the soil’s surface area. In turn, this will reduce your lawn’s water requirements. Mulching will also prevent soil compaction by minimising soil crusting during irrigation or natural rainfall. Drops of water can turn the upper soil into a tight mass which prevents the air and water from entering the root zone.
Furthermore, mulching will prevent disease problems. There are some lawn diseases that live in the soil and could spread if water splashes and splatters infested soil onto the lower leaves of your plants. Careful watering and mulching will reduce the spread of such diseases.
Mulching will also keep fruit clean while minimising rot disease since it prevents soil-to-fruit contact. Plenty of weed seeds need light to germinate, so a thick layer of mulch will shade them. In fact, mulch reduces weed problems by up to 90%.
5. Install Automatic-Rain-Shutoff Devices
Automatic-rain-shutoff devices are affordable tools that can be installed on your irrigation system controller. It automatically shuts off the irrigation system when a certain amount of rain has fallen. It will protect your lawn from accidental overwatering. It also prevents the system from turning on while it’s raining.
6. Fix Leaks
A small leak on a hose or outdoor faucet can waste gallons of water in a year. So always check for outdoor leaks. Hiring a reputable landscape company to maintain your lawn is a good idea since they will check for leaks during every visit. Still, it is recommended that you put leak inspection on your list.
7. Cultivate Drought-Tolerant Plants
Carefully choose the plants you want to cultivate in your garden as this can make a huge difference in your water consumption. Opt for plants that can thrive in low water conditions. You can check with your local landscape professionals for advice as to which plants will do well in your area.
8. Align Sprinkler Heads
Apply water only where it is needed. Watering sidewalks and driveways is not an excellent use of this valuable resource. By aligning sprinkler heads for proper spray patterns and coverage, you make sure that water runoff is always kept to a minimum.
These are just some of the best water-saving suggestions you can implement to make sure that your outdoor water use is kept to a minimum whilst enjoying a beautiful, healthy lawn and garden. Consider trying some now, and discover how much water you’ll save!
October 27, 2017