Want to save water in the yard?
With increasing water costs, increasing temperatures, and water conservation efforts resulting in more restrictions, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep a healthy yard.
If you’re like some homeowners, you’ve noticed your neighbors letting their lawns go brown. This has a negative impact on your curb appeal and first impression to potential buyers.
Take a look at the following ways you can save water in the yard without sacrificing the beauty and health of your landscaping.
Ways to Save Water In The Yard
With the recent drought, water conservation is on everyone’s mind.
Yet, a lush, green landscape is important for preserving your property’s value and increasing eye appeal. Fortunately, you can find a middle ground by using these water-saving tips to create a beautiful landscape that is environmentally friendly.
Water in the Morning
It is important to be careful to only water plants as often as it is necessary since over-watering can actually lead to rot.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you should avoid watering during the hottest times of the day when the water will evaporate quickly and reduce the amount that is absorbed by the plants.
By watering in the morning, the plants will also have enough water to withstand the evaporation process that occurs in the later afternoon.
Quality mulch offers many benefits for your yard that includes reducing the amount of moisture that evaporates from the soil.
It also helps to reduce weed populations that will take water from your desirable plants. Using mulch around tree trunks will also keep the roots cool so that they take in less water. It is important to note, however, that you will need to use the right type of mulch in the correct amount for it to be most effective.
Chipped pine, rocks and shredded cedar bark are a few common types of mulch you may use on your landscape, and it should always be spread several inches thick.
Use Water Collection Methods
When it does rain, it is important to make the most of it.
Rainwater is all natural, which means that it contains less chemicals that can dry out your plants. Even better, it’s free. When collecting rainwater, it is important to avoid creating a breeding ground for mosquitos so choose a container with a hose at the bottom that can be pointed toward your plants.
This way, you never have to worry about standing water, since gravity will make it flow into the area you desire as the rain enters the barrel.
Switch to Artificial Grass
Natural grass may be pretty, but it is the leading cause of water waste in landscaping.
Keeping your lawn mowed short will reduce the amount of water it needs, and avoid fertilizing during the hottest parts of the summer since it causes the grass to grow faster.
If you love the look a lush green law, consider switching to artificial grass. This alternative never needs watering, mowing or fertilizing, which can help you save energy and water while still getting that beautiful green look.
Choose Native Plants
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, using plants that are native to California can reduce the average home’s water consumption by as much as 60%.
This is because native plants are naturally drought-resistant and can stand up to high temperatures with low rainfall totals. Plants such as California poppy, creeping barberry and Cleveland safe are all beautiful, yet they require far less maintenance than non-native plants.
It is important for everyone to do their part when it comes to water conservation, and you can rest easy knowing that saving water does not have to mean sacrificing your lawn. By implementing these strategies, you can design an eco-friendly landscape that still beautifies your home while proving a comfortable place to gather with your friends and family.
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