No matter the climate or landscape, conserving water has emerged as a hot topic. Across the country, communities are already in or at risk of drought conditions, which makes it essential for all of us to consider ways to reduce the amount of water we use.
Did you know of all the water on earth, only .003 percent is available fresh water that is not polluted, trapped in soil, or too far underground? During a drought, shared sources of water such as reservoirs, rivers and groundwater for wells are in jeopardy of running dry.
We believe you can have your cake and eat it, too. Or, in other words, you can have a yard and save water, too! Here are a few tips for keeping your yard beautiful while conserving one of earth’s most precious resources.
- Did you know most car shampoos use phosphates similar to many lawn fertilizers? This means you can wash your car on the lawn or in an area where the grass can catch the run off.
- Sweep or dust areas such as your porch, driveway and outdoor window casings before taking the step of spraying them with water.
- Check for leaks in your hoses and sprinkler system.
- Only water your lawn when necessary and water at the right time! Morning and dusk are the best times to prevent water evaporation from heat. Don’t water during rainy periods.
- Choose native plants that don’t require a large amount of water and maintenance to stay healthy.
- Collect rain water in buckets and use it to water plants.
- Make sure mulch isn’t crusted over so water can penetrate to the roots of plants.
- Use a smart irrigation system that keeps a close eye on weather conditions, turning off your sprinklers when it’s raining and generally conserving water through a more intelligent approach.
As summer heats up, keep these tips in mind to keep water usage down. And, for all your smart irrigation needs, get in touch with SmartRain.