Water conservation is becoming more and more important for homeowners in most regions, especially for those living in Texas. Unfortunately, we no longer have an endless supply of water and it is therefore important to adopt water conservation practices when it comes to your yard and home in general. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation works to help prevent water pollution in local lakes, rivers, and watersheds. Water conservation also helps to extend the lifespan of your septic system and lower the likelihood of pollution. Having a smart irrigation system installed and educating yourself about some of the most important water conservation tips will go a long way in keeping your yard healthy, your bills low, and the planet safe.
Before spring is here and you once again need to start paying attention to your city’s water restrictions, we thought it would be helpful to go over some of the top tips for conserving water in your yard and garden. If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation with a technician from Pool Quest in Fort Worth, to go over your irrigation options, please contact us today.
- Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs, and plants. Adopting a xeriscape design or ‘eco-lawn’ is a great way to create a beautiful yard that requires far less watering. There are numerous different plant species available that will thrive in the Texas climate and allow you to conserve water
- Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch is a great water conservation tool because it helps slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth around your trees and plants. By adding about 2-4 inches of organic compost or bark mulch, you will increase the ability of the soil to retain moisture
- Only water your lawn when it needs it. A trick to determining if your lawn needs watering is to simply step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it does not need to be watered. On the other hand, if it stays flat, you should water it
- Water in the morning. The best time of day to water is in the early morning, as it will reduce water loss to evaporating. This is also helpful in keeping slugs and other garden pests away, as well as fungus
- Use efficient watering systems for flower beds and lawns. You can greatly reduce the amount of water used for flower beds, lawns and shrubs by strategically placing soaker hoses, installing a rain barrel water catching system, and having a simple drip-irrigation system installed
These five tips should help prepare you for spring and keeping your yard healthy without wasting water. Water conservation is extremely important to our future, especially in regions of the nation such as Texas where drought is prevalent. To learn more about water conservation or smart irrigation systems, please contact us today.