Water conservation might not be something you think about every day, but by paying attention to your water use, you help protect our most important natural resource. And since July is Smart Irrigation Month, we figured what better time to provide some useful tips on how to keep your water use efficient.
So without further ado, here are seven ways you can help save water when it comes to taking care of your landscape.
- Use rain barrels. A rain barrel is an inexpensive, easy way to collect water naturally. You might be surprised at how efficient they are, and how simple they are to create. You can even set up rain barrels to provide drip irrigation for your plants.
- Don’t cut your lawn too short. As a general rule, the shorter your grass, the more water it requires. This is because short grass has short roots, and these roots can’t reach water that’s deeper in the soil.
- Hardscape with permeable pavers. At Engledow, we do lots of hardscaping, and that often means using permeable pavers for walkways, porches, and driveways. These pavers allow more water to be absorbed into the soil after rain, keeping your landscape hydrated for longer.
- Pick the right plants. Some plants need more water than others. A few are quite drought resistant, and they are a great choice for anyone looking to conserve water. These plants include coneflowers, goldenrods, black-eyed Susans, sage, and wallflowers.
- Pay attention to the weather. This one might seem obvious, but many people water too soon after rain. This isn’t just a waste of water—it can also be dangerous for plants if they’re inundated with too much H2O. If soil feels moist, wait to water another day.
- Use a timer. Water timers don’t just help you save water, they also automate your watering so you don’t need to worry about it. These timers can usually be purchased for less than $100, and many come with useful features like sensors that measure soil moisture.
- Mulch appropriately. Mulch can be one of your best friends when trying to save water. By putting two or three inches in your beds, you help keep water from evaporating, and you get the added bonus of preventing weed growth.
Everything that grows needs water, which is why water conservation is critical to keeping our planet healthy and sustainable. Efficient water use saves time, money, and energy, and it also helps ensure there’s enough clean water to go around.
This Smart Irrigation Month, we hope you’ll use some of the tips above to conserve your water use, helping to ensure a healthier, more verdant world for many years to come. If you have any questions about water-saving techniques, irrigation, or landscaping, we’re here to help. Contact us today—we’d love to chat.