Conserve Water in Landscaping
In our previous two blogs, we focused on indoor water conservation in your kitchen and bathrooms. However, another major area of potential water loss is in the landscape.
In the Fountain Hills area, we’ve gotten pretty adept at installing drought resistant plants and choosing hardscapes that don’t require watering, in lieu of green lawns. However, landscape plantings still require some care and watering, so knowing how to prevent unnecessary water loss will help you save money and conserve water.
- Knowing how long to water your lawn and landscape plants is essential. Different plantings have different water requirements. Landscape Watering by the Numbers is a handy resource. Most plants die from over-watering, not under-watering.
- Water only when necessary. Use a soil probe or trowel to check moisture in your soil. If the top 2-3 inches are dry, then it’s a good time to water.
- If you are using a hose to operate a lawn sprinkler or soaker hose in the garden, set a kitchen timer so you don’t forget to turn off the water.
- Water early in the morning. Watering during the day means you will lose most of the moisture to evaporation, which will cause you use more water to get the moisture where it’s needed – the root systems.
- If it rains, shut off your irrigation system to avoid unnecessary watering. Don’t run the irrigation system during windy days, either – most of the water will blow away or evaporate.
- Run-off is the cause of a lot of water loss. If you are getting lots of runoff, water in short spurts to allow water to absorb into the soil before applying more water.
- Adjust your irrigation system to match the season, to avoid unnecessary watering.
- Adjust sprinkler heads if necessary. Much water is lost because irrigation systems are watering sidewalks, driveways, or roads, instead of plants and lawns.
- Use drip irrigation instead of sprinklers for plants and shrubs. The water needs to get to the roots more than the leaves.
- You want to encourage strong root growth, so avoid shallow watering. Water deeply, but less frequently. This will also help improve drought tolerance.
- Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater and use it for watering potted plants and gardens. You can also use water collect water from the kitchen (water used to rinse or cook vegetables, etc.) to water plants.
- Use ice cubes to water potted plants. This allows water to seep gradually into the soil and avoids water loss through the drainage holes.
- Adjust sprinklers to so that water is delivered in large drops, rather than a mist or small drops. These will evaporate much more quickly than the larger drops.
- Have your irrigation system serviced regularly, and be on the lookout for signs of leaks. Keep sprinkler heads in good working order.
For more ideas and information on water conservation, check out the Water-Use it Wisely website.
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