Watering your lawn or garden can be time consuming and expensive, especially in very dry years. How can you get the most out of the water you use to water your lawn?
There are several ways to both conserve water and maximize the good that watering your lawn, garden, or landscaping can do. Some of them may cost a bit of money, but others are free. No matter what your budget, here are some tips almost anyone can utilize for watering their lawn.
- Water your lawn between 5 AM and 10 AM, daily. If you are not sure if you can do it anytime during those hours, you may want to look into an automatic sprinkler system to do this for you. These are the hours during the day when less evaporation occurs; therefore your lawn retains more moisture from its daily watering, which helps in conservation.
- Only water when your lawn truly needs it. Though this tip seems to be common sense, many people water when their lawn doesn’t really need it, or when it has recently rained.
- Don’t over water! Some homeowners add so much water that it starts to run out into the street before their sprinklers shut off. Carefully monitor your sprinkler system and its timer to be sure you are not guilty of this.
- Get a water barrel. A water barrel allows you to collect and utilize rain water as a means to water your lawn, instead of turning on the spigot each day.
- Have your soil tested to determine if it is sandy or clay. Clay soils hold water better than sandy soils, but clay soils also take longer to absorb it.
- Aerate your soil. This allows water to soak more deeply into your lawn and get at the roots of your grass easier than with compacted, non-aerated soil.
- Water any problem spots with an old fashioned watering can. Some spots in your lawn may require more water than others. This way you won’t waste as much water trying to aim for these spots with your hose on full-blast.
If you follow the above suggestions, you can get the most out of the water you’re already using and also save water in the future. As a result, you’ll save both time and money! Who doesn’t want that? Not only that, but you’ll also be cutting back on the consumption of an increasingly scarce resource. Try these tips today and you’ll see your lawn grow greener, stronger, and more lush, all with less water than ever before.
Make sure you also know your area’s water restrictions and the law around watering your garden. It is important to make sure you protect the precious water in times of drought!
Check out the Save Water website and click on your state to find out current warnings and restrictions!
About the Author: Philip Brown is a lover of green, healthy lawns. A former lawn care professional, Philip now spends his time sharing what he knows with others and blogging about it at The Lawn Enthusiast.
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