Like any part of nature, lawns need water to thrive, making it one of our most important resources. However, sometimes when there’s little to no rain, we experience droughts. That’s when conserving water comes into play. Check out our list of steps for cutting back on water usage in the yard.
1. Water your lawn only when it needs it. This sounds easy enough, but it can really make a world of difference. A great way to see if your yard requires water is by simply stepping on the grass. If it springs back up when you touch it, it doesn’t need water. However, if it stays flat, then it’s ready to be quenched. If you let the grass grow taller than 3 inches, this will increase water retention in the soil. On average, though, lawns only require 1 inch of water a week.
2. Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Then, push the mulch down around the drip line of each plant to form a small depression. This will prevent or minimize any water from running off. Mulch has the power to slow the evaporation of moisture, making it an essential tool for conserving water.
3. Do not water the gutter. If you are going to water your lawn using a sprinkler, make sure that you position it in a place where the water lands on grass, not on paved areas. Also, we suggest that you avoid watering on windy days.
4. Deep-soak your lawn. When you water your yard, it is crucial that you do it long enough so that the moisture can soak down to the roots. A light sprinkling will evaporate quickly, leading to shallow root systems, which is extremely ineffective.
5. Check for leaks in hoses, faucets, and pipes. While leaks outside may not be as noticeable as ones found around the house, they can do just as much damage. That is why you need to take a look at these items frequently to ensure that they are not dripping water. We recommend that you use hose washers at both spigots and hose connections to eliminate leaks.
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