EFFICIENT LAWN WATERING

Tips of Efficient Lawn Watering

Efficient Lawn Watering

Tips to Have  a Lush Lawn With Efficient  Watering. 

 

Lawn initiates the impression of a home. A lush lawn makes the owner proud because it reflects a perfect home caring, hence lawn has become a silent competition in the neighborhood. The bad news is, lawn caring often requires a lot of water.

 

Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day  - EPA.

 

Wow, this is really a staggering amount of water  use, especially when related to the water crisis issue; but if you are not willing to have your lush lawn fade, then take some efficient ways to keep it. Learn the efficient lawn watering, efficient watering devices and smart gardening. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your lawn and garden lush even with minimal water use.

Efficient Lawn Watering:

  • Avoid watering your garden / lawn between 6 a.m to 6 p.m. as you might waste the water through evaporation due to sunlight. Evaporation or over-watering could waste 50% of the water.
  • Water deeply to encourage deep root growth. . It’s efficient to water less frequent but longer. Doing this will encourage deep root growth. Deep roots can access moisture in the soil better than shallow ones, making the grass become drought resistant. On the opposite, frequent shallow watering is not effective - causing the grass plants’ roots to grow shallow, leaving the plant more vulnerable to drought and to certain diseases.
  • Aerating your lawn once a year can improve the soil’s absorption rate and reduce runoff problems.

Efficient Irrigation Devices:

  • Use soaker hose as it helps efficient deep watering which encourages roots to grow deeper.
  • Install irrigation devices that are the most water efficient for each use such as micro and drip irrigation.
  • Use spade or trowel to check the moisture of the root zone in your lawn. You need not water your lawn if two inches under the soil surface is still moist. This simple tool does not only keep you from wasting water, but also save your time.
  • Set rain barrels to collect rain water to water your lawn. Rain water is so plenty and is free. Ideal for lawn watering which needs quite lot of water.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Do not use garden sprinkler - it wastes too much water. Sprinkler also makes mild water mist that fly away with wind.
  • Avoid purchasing unnecessary device such as recreational water toys or ornamental water features that require a constant stream of water

If you are the one who have been enjoying  the sight of  your neighbors’ eye green with envy, but are now sadly decide to let it go in concern with the threat  of water crisis, here is a good news that might change again your mind :

Converting to a water-efficient landscape through proper choice of plants and careful design can reduce outdoor water use by 20 to 50 percent. - EPA.

Smart Gardening:

  • Plant Drought resistant grass.  Once your lawn is established with drought resistant grass, you will not need to water it as frequently as one with common grass. Zoysia Grass, Tall Fescue, Bermuda Grass are among this type.
  • Do not clip you grass to deep, because it will make your lawn strongly exposed to the sunlight that encourages more evaporation and drought on the soil.
  • Don’t overreact to a brown lawn - it will become lush again when we have rain in the autumn.
  • Choose drought tolerant plants. There is lot of choices of drought resistant plants, like lavenders, rosemary, cactus or succulent. Besides able to survive under water press, those drought tolerant plants are also resistant to extremes weather and other abuses. Lantana, Marigold, petunia, morning, glory, zinnia, and perennials are among drought resistant flowering plants, while pines, oaks and grey birch are among drought tolerant trees.
  • Do xeriscape landscaping that is grouping plants with similar watering needs together on the landscape. This makes for more efficient watering which avoid excessive water to some plants while less water to others.  Last tip:

 Repair or replace leaking hoses

Saving water does not prevent you from having a lush lawn. In fact, efficient lawn watering, can save your money and time. So does with saving water in other household uses. You might be interested to read other related articles :

- How to Save Water in the Bathroom

- How to Save Water in the Kitchen.

- How to Save Water in the Laundry Room.


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