Seven Super Ways to Save Water During the Drought
We’ve come up with a list of seven quick and easy ways you can conserve water.
- Leak-proof your life. Check everything that uses water! This time, we mean everything. You’d be surprised at how much water is wasted by leaky pipes. Check your sinks, showers and tubs. Check any pipes you can find, especially those for your irrigation system.
- Consider your landscaping options that require less watering. By simply downsizing the amount of grass in your landscape can make a huge difference in water usage. Consider installing pockets of landscaping features that require less watering or none at all. Some ideas include laying interlocking pavers to create a walkway through your lawn, or patio for entertainment. Hydro-Scape carries ORCO Blocks and Pavers designed in many different colors and styles to fit your home’s architecture. You can also create a bed of stones to feature some exotic drought-tolerant plants. Experiment with the size and shape of this planter to make a statement in your landscape. Hydro-Scape carries many different styles and colors of bagged stone and decomposed granite. Lastly, consider installing synthetic turf which requires minimal watering for maintenance and stays green year-round! Learn how to create perfect seams when installing your artificial grass.
- Use drip irrigation for your shrub beds and gardens. Drip irrigation systems consist of soaker hoses or drip tubing; they deliver smaller amounts of water over a longer period of time. You still save almost 40% of the water you’d use with sprinklers, though. Plus, you can set them on timers, which makes it all that much easier. Not only will you be conserving water, but also your plants may even do better! Some plants, like tomatoes, prefer dry leaves and drip irrigation systems direct the water at the root system only. This also reduces water-born fungal diseases.
- Put away the hose when washing your car. The responsible thing to do during a drought is to put off washing your car for as long as possible. Consider it a badge showing how environmentally aware you are! When the dust gets to be too much for you, don’t grab the hose. That’s a huge water waster! Instead, get a bucket and a sponge. It takes some elbow grease, but saves a lot of water. Do the same for the rinse cycle by using the sponge to rinse/wipe off the soap. If you’re using the hose at all, be sure it has a nozzle equipped with a shutoff valve. Another option is an automated car wash if it recycles its water. If you really want to earn that badge, there are “dry wash” products available at most auto supply stores.
- Mulch everything! Well, OK, not literally. However, if you have ornamental plants, shrubs and other landscaping plants, apply mulch to conserve water. The mulch helps prevent evaporation, thus cutting down on watering sessions. You can even do this for container gardens and houseplants. You can pick up bagged mulch at your local Hydro-Scape.
- Use the latest water-saving irrigation technology. Replace regular sprinkler heads and nozzles with high-efficiency nozzles. Offering low water pressure along with steady distribution, Rain Bird HE-VAN, MP Rotator and the Toro Precision® Series are perfect for areas with difficult soil, healthy turf and even slopes with runoff issues. You can also look at irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, and rain sensors to eliminate the guesswork and risk of over- or under-watering.
- Use landscape amendments. What are landscape amendments? There are many different landscape amendments and they improve the soil’s drainage, moisture retention, aeration and nutrient levels. As a result, it prepares your soil to become a better receptor for watering, making effective use of irrigation. Learn more about the different types of landscape amendments.
Today, it is very difficult to irrigate your lawn under current restrictions. However, by using these tips they will help you maintain a healthy landscape and lower water usage. We recommend irrigating once or twice a week in the early morning hours which will ensure your lawn’s survival. It is also very important to upgrade your irrigation systems to smart controllers with the use of sensors. Make sure to keep up to date with the latest water conservation irrigation technology!