Due to the significant water restrictions that northern CA has been facing, it is extremely important that we monitor our usage. Because a percentage of our water consumption comes from outdoor sources, we need to take small step to ensure the protection of our valuable resource.
There are many ways that homeowners can become water wise so we’d like share some of our suggestions with you. We’ll focus on two for now but check back in for more in our next post.
Adjust your Irrigation
It’s best to have a professional do a seasonal irrigation check as repairing a broken sprinkler can drastically reduce your usage. Changing your irrigation to a drip system is also another way to become more sustainable. Watering in the morning or evening is also another sustainable practice. It’s more efficient than watering during the heat of the day when water can be evaporated. Cycling your watering will also give plants time to absorb the water.
Mulching locks in moisture in the soil thus decreasing the need for irrigation. Placing several inches of mulch will not only conserve soil moisture but it will keep the weeds down. When weeds are controlled, they aren’t completing with plants for water. Mulch also adds protection for the soil. This extra layer allows nutrients to absorb preventing evaporation & run off.
Make sure when fertilizing plants that you use a well balanced fertilizer. The increased growth of a plant will require more water. Adding compost to your soil will also increase the soils capacity to hold water & will prevent run off.
Know your plants & tree
When choosing new plants, drought tolerant ones are always ideal. However, choosing the right plant for the right environment is the most important factor. Also it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with your plants & trees. Newly planted turf, plants & trees are a higher priority where as established ones may not need as much water. Cost is also a consideration as trees are expensive & annual flowers & grasses are more easily replaced. Knowing your soil also has its advantages as clay soil holds more water than sandy soil.
Give us a call for more tips on water conservation or to schedule a consult with a landscaping specialist. We’re here to help.