Water is very essential for plant growth. Maintaining the lawn and garden will need a lot of water. However, the fact remains that plants do not actually need the amount of water we supply them. A greater part of the water used for lawns just goes waste. A proper water management program for the lawns can help save on the water used for the maintenance of lawns. In addition, exploring ways to save water on lawns can help us get the best results on the quantity of water used up to maintain them. Here are some practical tips to save water on the lawn.
Tips to save water on the lawn
Fix an automatic rain shut off device
Rain shut off device is not expensive. It is easy to install on the irrigation system controller. The function of this device is to tell the irrigation system to shut off if a particular amount of rain has fallen. This device can also see to that your lawn is not overwatered at times of rains. Within the first season of its installation, it can help save the investment you made on it.
Install a smart controller
These days you will find some sophisticated weather-based irrigation controller that can help improve the water efficiency by up to 40%.
Go for water-efficient emitters
The emitter technology has improved a lot today and change your sprinkler heads, drip irrigation emitters and rotors for new ones if they are more than two years old. You can also ask your local water irrigation expert to inspect your systems and suggest the ways to conserve more water by implementing some changes in them.
Rectify the leaks
A single leak on a hose of up to 1/32’’ diameter can lead to a water wastage of up to 6,000 gallons in a year. Just calculate the amount of water you will lose with more number of leaks. Outdoor leaks are often unnoticed. Hiring a landscaping company for your gardening needs can help you avoid such mishaps as they will inspect the systems during each of their visits and rectify them at once.
Install a rain barrel
Rain barrels help the plants a lot. Rainwater stored in this way is free of any harmful chemicals and salts that are found in most other sources of groundwater and surface water. The local government authorities are giving away incentives to encourage the installations of rain barrels also known as rainwater harvesting setups. Landscape irrigation specialists can suggest ways to integrate the rainwater harvesting systems and the existing irrigation systems.
Go for drought-resistant plant varieties
Some draught resistant varieties of grasses and plants can withstand the water scarcity and still grow well. A careful selection of plants can help minimize the need to water them. In this way, you would have saved enough water at the end of the year since the number of times you will have to water the plants would have drastically come down by planting drought resistant plants.