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Water Conservation Tips for Landscaping
- Water late in the evening or early in the morning during this season. This helps prevent the wind from blowing the sprinkler water around and the sun from drying it out.
- Only give the plant what it needs, do not drown it with love. Most all plants need to have oxygen available to their root zones to help metabolize their food and will rot if they are in standing water. Most need a time to dry out between irrigation cycles. Deep water and then dry out is the best way to water. This will force the roots of the plants to go deeper into the soil as the plants draw the water down and will actually help them become more drought resistant.
- Utilize the cycle portion of the irrigation controller to break up the irrigation cycles. Watch the sprinklers and when the water starts to run off - that is enough time for that cycle. For example: If you have a lawn that needs 12 minutes of watering per day - run three cycles of four minutes each, allowing enough time between cycles for the water to soak in. This will allow the water to soak into the ground and not run down the street.
- Check your sprinklers on a regular basis to make sure that any necessary repairs are done in a timely manner. One strategically placed broken sprinkler can ruin the pressure for the remainder of the system. It not only wastes the water but would prevent the remainder of the sprinklers from providing the necessary coverage, allowing the remainder of the landscaping to dry out.
- Utilize mulch around your plants to help prevent weed growth and keep the moisture in the ground. At least two inches of bark mulch or other similar material can help stretch your watering scheduling tremendously.
- Try planting some drought tolerant plants in your yard and minimize the amount of turf you plant.
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