HOW TO SAVE WATER IN YOUR LANDSCAPE
And save money
Recent water shortages in several areas of the country have a put a spotlight on irrigation and the importance of making it more efficient. But being efficient isn’t just about conserving water, although that’s a big part of it. It also means getting water to plant material when needed most and in the right quantities.
Heavy, less frequent watering that encourages deep, sturdy root systems is preferred over frequent, light watering that causes plants to develop shallow roots. As a general rule, established grass needs one inch of water per week during the active growing season. Flower beds may need watering more frequently, depending on the type and number of plants, their growth stages, and the amount and depth of mulch used. When they receive supplemental water is important, too. Less water is lost to evaporation during the early morning and evening hours.
Here are a few important things to consider when planning to renovate or install an irrigation system:
Landscape professionals or irrigation specialists can provide a water audit and check for potential problems in irrigation systems. They can also offer suggestions on how a hardware or software upgrade can save water and money while ensuring turf and flower beds receive the supplemental water they need to thrive.