Water conservation is a major issue that gets more attention as different states report record droughts. As a homeowner, you want to do your part to conserve water, but at the same time, you want to ensure that your lawn gets the care it needs so that your grass does not turn brown. Here are some ways you can conserve water and take care of your lawn.
Rely on Smart Landscaping
The placement of plants, shrubs, and other items in your yard can affect how effective your sprinkler system is when it is operating. To bolster the effect from the system, you need to plan your landscaping. For instance, use mulch in your planting beds. The mulch not only makes it look nicer, but it also helps the soil beneath it retain water.
You also need to plant wisely. Ensure that the plants that have similar watering needs are near each other. In turn, you also need to be sure those plants with the higher levels of watering needs are placed closer to the sprinklers.
In addition to these moves, you need to find a soil that is specially designed to hold up in dry conditions. You might have to try different types out to find the one that works best in your yard.
Adjust System Occasionally
You should never set your sprinkler system and forget it. Your lawn's watering needs change throughout the year and it is because of this, you make adjustments as needed. In the cooler seasons, you should consider dialing back your system usage. Not only does this conserve on water usage, but it also keeps your plants, grass, and shrubs from freezing and getting damaged.
You also need to inspect the system itself regularly. If you notice pools of water building up in your lawn, there is a chance that your sprinkler system has a leak. Check the connections to your system and all of the hoses to rule out a leak. You also need to be sure that the sprinkler heads are not clogged. If you have problems detecting the leak or water continues pooling up, consider calling in a professional to help. He or she can also check your overall system for issues.
Saving water while still using your sprinkler system is possible. Talk to a local landscaper or sprinkler system installer (such as one from Turfbuilders Irrigation Inc) to learn of other ways you can conserve water usage without sacrificing your lawn's appearance and health.