During the summer season, our average water consumption levels double. A lot of this water goes straight to our gardens and lawns to keep them looking nice and green. A lot of this water goes to waste.
Try out some of these water saving tips for your lawn and garden this summer to save water and money without compromising the health of your lawn.
6 Simple Ways to Save When Watering Your Lawn
- Don’t overwater your lawn! Your lawn only needs about 2.5 cm of water once per week to stay healthy. When it’s waterlogged, it may turn yellow and develop fungus and diseases.
- Leave a measuring container or empty tuna can (empty it once per week) in the yard to help you monitor the amount of rainfall and to help determine how much water you need to add. Before watering your lawn, check if there are restrictions that may apply in your municipality.
- Water in the early morning, before 9 a.m., to reduce evaporation
- Water slowly to avoid run-off and to ensure the soil absorbs the water.
- Don’t waste water! Collect rainwater from your roof in a rain barrel or other large container and use it to water your lawn and garden.
- Regularly check your hose or irrigation equipment for leaks or blockages.
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5 Easy Ways to Save When Watering Your Garden
- Direct water to the root system. The roots of trees and shrubs take up the most water and are generally located within the top 30 cm of the soil.
- Layer mulch about 5 to 7.5 cm deep over the soil surface of your garden to retain moisture, moderate soil temperature, control erosion and suppress weeds.
- Grass under your tree competes with the tree’s roots for water. Apply mulch instead which helps to retain water. You can remove the lawn and replace it with mulch material.
- When designing your garden, group plants with similar water needs to make watering more efficient and reduce moisture loss and competition.
- Choose plants that are well suited to your climate and site conditions. Consult your local garden centre to find plant lists.
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There you go – 11 easy ways to reduce your water consumption, and reduce your water bill! Now get out there and work that green thumb!