Water Your Plants, but Watch Out for Waste

Even if there is not water rationing or drought in your region, be cognizant of the water that you use to water your lawn, gardens, and plants this summer. Take care to conserve water and reduce your impact on the Earth. If you pay for your water, such as through a municipal water supply, use some simple strategies to lower your bill during months when you typically use a bit more water to care for your landscaping.

Some tips to save water when caring for your lawn are listed below.

Put your sprinklers on a timer. Don't ever leave your home with the sprinklers on; this can waste a lot of water and may cost you money. Water early in the day so that your plants and grass have time to soak up the water before nightfall. Wet roots during cooler night temperatures can lead to rotting.

Water 2–3 times a week. Unless you are in the middle of a heat wave, you can typically get away with watering every three days or so. It is recommended that during hot weather, your lawn and gardens need only five milliliters of water per day, and overwatering may lead to root-rot.

Take advantage of the rain. Even if you have a few potted plants, why not make the most of the rain? Put out a plastic bucket or other vessel to catch rainfall, and reuse this to water your plants, garden, or lawn. This water is free and readily available!

Invest in some mulch. Mulch is cheap, and it can help your plants absorb and optimize the water that you give to them. In fact, if plants become flooded during storms or hurricanes, removing the mulch can help plants soak up the water faster.

Watch what you are watering. Pay a bit more attention to the way that you water, and use a nozzle on your garden hose to prevent wasting water in between gardens, beds, or plants. Water the plant at the root, and use a fine-mist spray to give the leaves a light watering. If plants have fuzzy leaves, like lamb's ear, dusty miller, and licorice, don't mist the leaves, as this has the potential to burn and damage the foliage.

Conserving water when taking care of your yard and garden does more than make a positive environmental impact: it could put money back in your own pocket each month! Use these tips to keep your landscaping watered without wasting this precious resource. 

Check out the sites of companies who work with lawn sprinklers for more information.