Water conservation is becoming an increasingly important topic all over the world. As the global climate continues to change, scientists are predicting more droughts occurring, even in places which currently have plenty of water.
Responsible landscape design and upkeep today means focusing on water conservation. Conserving water is good for the planet, and will save you money as well! The landscape design experts at Stenger Landscaping have a few tips to improve the water-efficiency of your lawns and gardens.
The Best Ways to Reduce Your Outdoor Water Use
Use more organic material in your soil.
Most synthetic chemical-based fertilizers and mulches do very little to retain water, because they are focused solely on adding chemicals. Using natural organic alternatives such as traditional compost, as well as mosses and other bio-active additives, will retain much more water and reduce the need for extra watering.
Water at the right times.
The best times of day to water your lawn are early in the morning -before 9 a.m. if possible- and later in the evening, around dusk. These times maximize the amount of water that the soil and plants can drink in. Watering during the heat of the day is incredibly wasteful, because much of it evaporates before it can do any good.
Water based on soil type.
Know your soil! When it is light and sandy, you need to water more often, but in lower volume. On the other hand, clay-based soils hold water better and need less frequent watering.
Do not use thirsty plants.
Some plants need more water than others, so water-efficient landscape design often means choosing plants that simply need less watering. The US Environmental Protection Agency has an extensive list of low-water plants suitable for any environment.
Rainwater is free, and can easily be collected in barrels or buckets. You can also collect and reuse water from your own home, rather than sending it straight out to the sewers or septic system. Just be careful – water with bleach, antibacterial disinfectants, salt, or strong chemical cleaners are all dangers to plants and soil. However, everyday household soaps and detergents are typically safe.
Stenger Landscaping Can Help You Conserve Water
Need more water-friendly landscape design tips? The experts at Stenger Landscaping are ready to help with advice and the landscaping services you need.
Contact Stenger Landscaping today