Here are some practical tips to help you have a lush green landscape…
- The greatest wast of water comes from applying too much, too often- much of the water goes absorbed. Instead of watering for one long session, water a few times for shorter periods and take 15 minute breaks in between each session. This will allow the water to soak in while minimizing runoff.
- Water between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. Mid-day watering tends to be less efficient because of water loss due to evaporation and windy conditions during the day. Watering in the evening isn’t a good idea either because leaves can remain wet overnight which can leave your plants open to fungus growth. By watering in the morning, leaves have a chance to dry out during the day.
- Different plants need different amounts of water. Divide your yard and landscape areas into separate irrigation zones so that grass can be watered separately and more frequently than ground covers, shrubs and trees. both sprinkler and drip irrigation can be incorporated to achieve more efficient use of water.
- If you have an underground sprinkler system, make sure the sprinkler heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways. A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist to minimize evaporation and wind drift.
- When it comes to watering individual trees, flowerbeds, potted containers or other non-grassy areas, consider applying water directly to the roots using low-volume drip irrigation. This will reduce water waste through evaporation or runoff and will prevent unwanted weeds from growing.
- Since lawns and gardens should be watered in the early hours, a problem may not be discovered until it is too late. Periodically check your sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged head or a torn line can wreak havoc on your landscape and water bill.
- Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather changes -or better yet-install a shut-off device that automatically detects moisture levels. These divices are inexpensive and enable you to take advantage of the water without having to pay for it.
Always check with your local water agency for any restrictions on watering your yard.