Are You Wasting Water?

Sprinkler head spraying waterYou love your yard, but you hate seeing the water bill spike when summer comes around. Most of us spend 60% of our water supply on our yards. What if we told you that you could still have a lush, green lawn with a fraction of the water?

Here are three simple things that will help you cut back your summer water bill:

#1: Check Your Sprinkler System

Ineffective watering is a waste. This might be a broken sprinkler, or inefficient distribution of water. Sprinkler systems are not one-size-fits-all. Different plants can prefer different methods of irrigation. Different areas of your lawn may require different care. We can help you set up a system that works best for your yard, and make sure your irrigation system is in great repair.

#2: Water at Prime Hours

Set your timer for the early morning, before the sun is up. During the heat of the day, moisture evaporates into the air before it even touches the soil and nourishes your lawn. An evening schedule can also cause problems. Water sitting on blades of grass all night can lead to fungus growth and disease. Water between the hours of 4 am and 10 am to get the most out of your water.

While we’re on the subject, here’s a little-known fact: you don’t have to water your lawn every day! In fact, your lawn will be healthier if you only water it a couple times a week. Watering deeply and infrequently encourages your lawn to grow a deeper, hardier root system.

#3: Design Smart

Have you ever heard of xeriscaping? It’s a method of landscaping that conserves water using eco-friendly principles. The landscape plan for your yard can make a huge difference in how much water you need. Here are some basic principles of xeriscaping that can help you:

  • Choose local plants. They’re usually more water-efficient and contribute to the local ecosystem.
  • Plan out the levels in your yard so that water won’t seep away from where it’s needed the most. Use strategic shade to protect vulnerable plants during the heat of the day.
  • Use mulch to border your landscaping plants. This helps the soil hold moisture for longer. Think of it as suntan lotion for your soil.

So there you have it. Put these principles into action and watch your monthly water bill drop.

Need some help with the landscaping and irrigation? Give us a call. Our team of experts will get your lawn in tip-top shape on a budget.

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