California’s four-year drought and imposed water cutbacks serve as a reminder that saving water isn’t something we should do just for our wallet, but for the planet as well. Conserving water indoors is as easy as installing low-flow toilets, shower heads, and sinks or simply remembering to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. But conserving water outdoors while maintaining the perfectly manicured oasis can be extremely difficult.
With these helpful tips, you’ll save water and have green lawn in more ways than one this season:
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks. Why waste all that precious water on the street when your lawn needs it more? Most messes (clippings, chalk, leaves, and garbage) can be easily cleaned with a broom.
- Don’t sprinkle your lawn. When you do water your lawn, make sure that it is thoroughly soaked and not lightly sprinkled. This will ensure that water makes it to the root of your yard rather than just the top (where it can evaporate and do no good). A simple rule of thumb is to place a tuna can outside while you water, once it is full then you have watered enough.
- Water early in the day. The early bird gets the worm — and a lawn watered early doesn’t lose moisture to evaporation, and is better defended against slugs and pests.
- Add mulch to your landscape. Mulch stabilizes soil temperature, prevents weeds, adds nutrients to the soil to help feed plants, and helps to conserve water. Though you wont have grass in that area, mulch can help add color and curb appeal to many houses.
- Buy a rain barrel. Rain provides free “soft water” to homeowners-containing no chlorine, lime or calcium-making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing — and you were going to let it wash away into the street.
- Turn some of your yard into a hardscape oasis. Eliminate the need to water part of your yard by making it into a patio/ grilling area/ pool/ fire pit or other useful area. The lass grass you have, the less water you need. (And you can use this article as an excuse if you need to.)
For more info, call Basnight Land & Lawn at 757-436-9617