Looking for at least 5 ways to conserve water in your backyard this year?
We think that’s awesome!
Cutting back on how much water you use for outdoor irrigation can dramatically help us conserve water as a whole. It also helps reduce your water bill every month, which is a great way to save money. Outdoor irrigation account for around 30% of your water bill every month, so you can imagine the savings!
We put together a quick list of ways you can save water to help get you started.
5 Ways to Conserve Water
By using water wisely, it’s possible to have a lush, green landscape filled with colorful flowers and be eco-friendly at the same time. Use these tips to conserve water in your yard while keeping all plants well hydrated.
Let’s start with number one.
1. Add Native Plants
Adding native plants to your landscaping will help you save water in a dramatic way.
Natives have already adapted to whatever the growing conditions are in their area and typically fare better with less water than non-native plants.
2. Use Mulch
Add a 3-6 inch layer of organic mulch (hay, wood chips, etc.) around all garden plants, flowers and shrubs. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, keeps the soil cooler, prevents weed growth and soil compaction. Plus an organic mulch will slowly decompose and add nutrients to the soil.
A non-organic mulch, like recycled artificial grass, will also help conserve water in the landscape. Place strips of used artificial turf in garden pathways and around the base of trees to prevent weed growth (weeds compete with plants for water) and retain soil moisture.
3. Daily Check
Check plants daily to determine if they need to be watered.
Water only when the top inch of soil is dry, then water all plants deeply to encourage deep root growth. The deeper the roots, the greater the ability of the plant to search out moisture and nutrients so it can help sustain itself.
4. Artificial Grass
You knew this would be on the list!
Replacing your natural lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping solutions, including stone features and artificial grass, can dramatically reduce the amount of water you need to maintain a beautiful backyard.
In addition to reducing your water need, artificial grass provides protection from less-than-desirable weather in the future.
5. Water Wisely
Use outdoor water sprinkler only during the coolest times of day to reduce water loss through evaporation.
Early morning is the wisest time to water since plants uptake water more readily just before the sun shines on them. A soaker hose or drip irrigation system is a wiser option than a sprinkler since it delivers water to the plant roots.
When watering plants by hand (garden hose or watering can) pour water on the soil near the plant roots, never water the leaves. Wet leaves set the stage for disease, wastes water and doesn’t hydrate the plant.
So what do you think – will any of these 5 ways to conserve water help you this year?
Will you start small by incorporating one of the five options above, or attempt to overhaul your backyard and incorporate a few?
The fact that you’re looking for ways to conserve water in the backyard is a great sign you’re serious about making a change for the better. If you’re not ready to incorporate all of these options, we recommend starting small.
What else are you doing to conserve water this year?