Water conservation is necessary not only inside, but also outside, the house. You can save much more water by letting your landscaping water conservation efforts complement your indoor water saving measures. Planning drought-resistant plants is one of the best measures, but you shouldn't despair if you already have a landscaped lawn because you can:
Mulch the Plants
Place a couple inches of organic material on the root of every plant in your yard. This helps to keep the ground around the root wet, which nourishes the plants without you having to water them frequently. For maximum effectiveness, press the mulch slightly so that the water does not run off during watering.
Water at the Right Time
Wind and sunlight are your enemies when it comes to watering because the wind scatters the water, and the sun evaporates it. Therefore, you need to water your lawn and plants when these two aren't an issue. Clearly, the early morning and late evening times are the best times to water your plants.
Water Only When Necessary
The early morning and late evening may be the best time to water, but this doesn't mean that you have to water your lawn every morning and evening. Know when your plants need water and give it to them then. For trees, this may be as simple as checking the ground beneath the mulch for wetness. For grass, a good rule of thumb is to step on it and check what happens; you need to water the lawn if the grass stays down.
Use Efficient Watering Systems
Installing and using an efficient sprinkler system can also save much water. For example, it may be helpful to:
- adjust your sprinklers so that they do not spread water into unnecessary areas such as paved walkways.
- calibrate your sprinkler system so that it gives just the right amount of water without any wastage.
- use micro-irrigation hoses that lie close to the ground or just beneath the ground to deliver water directly to the roots instead of the leaves.
- Ensure that your watering system is devoid of any water leaks.
Water conservation is not only good for the environment, but it also saves you money in terms of water bills. If your efforts do not result in significant savings, then you may be losing water in a hidden leak. Hire a plumber (such as one from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing) to diagnose the location of the leak and fix it as soon as possible.