As your expert lawn care company, Landworks knows how important water conservation is to our environment, not to mention your water bill. We have compiled some tips to keep your yard healthy and looking great while saving as much water as possible.
1. Don’t overwater.
Learn the water needs of your plants, and water them appropriately. Turf grass needs from 1″ to 1 1/2″ of water per week, and moisture should penetrate 6″ to 8″ into the soil. Trees and shrubs also need a deep weekly soaking in hot, dry weather. Shrubs should be watered three times as long as turf. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure you don’t have water running down your curb lines, as this may be a sign of overwatering.
2. Water when time is right.
Water in the early morning when the sun is low, winds are calm, and temperatures are cooler to reduce evaporation. Sprinkler/irrigation systemsprofessionally installed by a lawn care company like Landworks have controllers to make this easy.
3. Use a rain sensor.
A rain sensor connected to your sprinkler/irrigation system will prevent it from turning on when it is unnecessary.
4. Use soaker hoses.
Because they require more water than turf grass, soaker hoses are a wise choice for trees, shrubs, vegetable and flower gardens. A soaker hose focuses the water on the soil rather than spraying it into the air, which helps prevent evaporation and over-spray.
5. Use mulch
A lawn care company like Landworks uses mulch around trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetable plants to reduce evaporation from the surface of the soil as well as helping to prevent weeds.
6. Remove thatch.
Use a thatch rake to remove the layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that develops between the green grass and the soil surface to encourage movement of water to the roots.
7. Raise mow height.
Longer grass blades shade each other, which reduces evaporation. A lawn care company like Landworks will typically recommend raising your mow height to 3-3.5” to provide insulation from heat and reduce water loss during hot summer months.
8. Sweep, don’t spray.
Use a broom or leaf blower to clear driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off.
9. Check for leaks.
If you have a sprinkler system, make sure you don’t have areas of puddles in your lawn or landscaping, as this may be a sign of a break in your system or a broken head that needs repair. Inspect your garden hoses and taps regularly to make sure you aren’t wasting water with leaks or drips.
10. Use a bucket.
Wash cars and outdoor furniture with water from a bucket instead of the hose.
Landworks is a lawn care company specializing in all aspects of lawn care services for commercial and residential properties. We install and service sprinkler/irrigation systems as well as providing customized maintenance programs designed to meet your needs, including mowing, mulching, shrub/tree trimming, spring/fall clean ups, and lawn fertilization/weed control programs. Click here or call 913-422-9300 today for a free consultation.