Everyone loves the look of a lush green lawn, however, during the summer months, especially if you live in a drought area, the water consumption to maintain your yard can oftentimes set a homeowner back a lot of “green.” One of the easiest ways to keep a beautiful lawn, ease the stress on your local water table, and save some money is by having a professionally installed automatic irrigation system. If your system is correctly designed, installed and maintained, you can use the least amount of water, and still be the envy of the neighbors.
Divide your Garden by Zones – grassy areas are going to need more water than shrubs or ground cover, so if your green areas are divided accordingly, you can choose which areas will need to be watered more than others, rather than watering everything equally.
Water Intermittently – One of the biggest wastes of water, is a long continuous flood of water that never really gets a chance to soak in, but rather runs off leaching off valuable nutrients. Be sure to invest in a timer that allows you to program watering into shorter intervals with at least a 15 minute beak in between to allow for absorption.
Schedule Morning Waterings – You’ll use less water during the cooler parts of the day. The best time to water is generally between 5 am – 10 am. Watering in the evenings can sometimes mean plants stay damp all night, which is an open invitation to fungus.
Water only Plants – Adjust sprinkler settings so that water isn’t falling onto sidewalks and driveways. Make sure the sprinklers are emitting large drops, and not a fine mist, which can evaporate much faster.
Perform Routine Inspections – Get in the habit of routinely checking both lines and sprinkler heads. A clogged sprinkler head can cause area drought and a torn line can allow a water bill to increase dramatically.
According to some experts, a lush green garden can increase your home’s value by as much as 14%, and make you the envy of the neighborhood. With the help of a professional, a vigilant eye and a great timer system – you’ll be able to roll out the green, without breaking the bank!