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Lawns and Gardens: Top Tips and Tricks for Conserving Water in Your Yard
Many of us are starting to realize what a precious commodity water is and how important it is to save as much as possible ready for using again, which is why it is well worth finding out some ways to make the most of water in your yard.
Here are some pointers on how to save water and keep your lawn and plants in top shape without using too much and spending more than you have to on such a vital resource.
Why it matters about saving water
It is not just about being an eco-warrior and doing your bit to reduce your water consumption and use what you have as efficiently as possible, there is also a financial aspect that is well worth embracing.
The bottom line is that saving water in your garden instantly translates into cash saved on your water bill. In fact, by setting up your yard to be water-efficient and protecting this most important natural resource you could cut your water usage by as much as half, which equates to thousands of gallons per year and some worthwhile reductions off your annual water bill.
Keeping your lawn green
It is perfectly understandable that you would want to use water to keep your lawn looking lush and holding its vibrant green color through the summer and it also makes sense to protect your investment in plants by keeping them well watered.
One of the best ways of achieving that aim in the most efficient way possible is to look at home sprinkler systems as a viable solution.
If you can set up a system that targets all the key areas of your yard and only waters intermittently as and when it is needed, you will be using a lot less water than if you just went outside every night with the hose.
If you have an established lawn it should only need about an inch of water every week and maybe a bit more in hot, dry weather. You can regulate a sprinkler system to deliver that level of watering and no more, meaning you get the lawn you want with the least amount of water usage.
Design your garden for maximum watering efficiency
You will definitely want to have a flow meter installed when designing your garden. This can help you monitor the water usage and help you figure out when you can afford to use a little more or when you need to cut back. Another good way of ensuring you use water with maximum efficiency is to try and create watering zones by grouping plants with similar watering needs.
Some species of plants require more frequent watering than others so by arranging your planting in an attractive but clearly defined way you should be able to set your sprinkler system to deliver the right amount of water to each specific zone.
Plan your plants
There are other things you can do to conserve water beside fitting an efficient sprinkler and irrigation system and that includes thinking carefully about the shrubs you are planting in your garden.
The simple point to remember is that the bigger the plant you have the more water it is going to need to survive and thrive. If you work out what size of plant you want beforehand you can choose a species that won’t grow bigger than you actually need.
There is no point investing in a plant that is going to grow to a much larger size than you want or have the space for and give each one space instead of overcrowding them.
Smaller plants and more space between each plant means less water being used.
Make the most of the mulch
Another worthwhile tactic to help reduce water wastage is to pile on the mulch around your plants.
There are two distinct benefits attached to using mulch, the first is the fact that it is an excellent way of minimizing water loss and ensures every drop used counts, plus mulch helps to discourage weeds from growing, which are notorious for stealing water.
In addition to the obvious water saving benefits attached to mulching it can also make an attractive feature and help to highlight your plants, so make the most of this opportunity to save on water costs.
Capture water when you can
Rainwater is a free source that you should make the most of and all you need to do is fit a rain barrel to capture some of the gallons that are captured in your gutters and funneled through your downspouts.
You could use this rainwater to fill a water feature or for filling up a watering can when you are tending your plants or vegetables by hand.
If you follow some of these simple tips there is every chance you will notice a reasonable reduction in your water usage and that should mean your water bill is lower too.
Thank you, Lydia for the great information.
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