Homeowners love a perfect lawn or garden, but don’t want to waste the hundreds of gallons of water to maintain it.
So how do many of your neighbors have great looking lawns and gardens, yet you’re stuck with a landscape of dying flowers and burnt grass?
Two possibilities: They’re either unloading water on their landscape with no concern with how much they use or they’ve found ways to save water while they water their lawn and garden. Hoping for the latter, there are numerous ways that you can maintain a healthy and green lawn or garden, while still staying within the water restrictions your area may have.
Deep Root Watering
The traditional watering method that many people use is “shallow” watering, which is watering on the surface until you believe you’ve sufficiently watered enough. Not only does that method waste more water than needed, but also it’s extremely ineffective as most plants absorb water from their roots. Buying a deep root irrigator or having underground sprinklers will give life to your lawn and garden, while saving water by being efficient. It will be a bigger one-time cost you pay upfront, but the money you save on watering over the year will easily cancel it out.
Water When It’s Cool
This is a tip my father told me when I was working the garden back home. The ideal time to water your lawn or garden would be at night or early in the morning when it’s coolest. That way, the water won’t evaporate before it reaches the roots of the plants. This will save you a lot of water, as you won’t have to worry about it evaporating away.
Water Only When Needed
The saying “everything in moderation” absolutely applies to watering your lawn and garden. Overwatering your plants not only wastes water but it may also hurt their health because it’ll oversaturate the roots and force out oxygen. Basically, you’ll drown your plants.
A good rule of thumb to follow when you need to water your plants is to look for fatigue symptoms like different coloring or wilting leaves before diving for the watering hose. Poke the soil with your finger to about the second knuckle: If no soil sticks to your finger, it’s time to water.
Mix It Up
Aerating or mixing up the soil in your lawn or garden will increase the rate at which the water will penetrate the ground and thus lessen the need to use more water. This is really easy to do, but it does take a bit of time. You’ll have to rent a core aerator from your local garden center or home improvement store and run that machine on your landscape in one even pattern so all the soil has been mixed up. After that you need to apply grass seeds and fertilizer. This will ensure your lawn or garden will thrive once you start your watering cycle again.
Let Nature Help You Out
If you know it’s going to rain in the next couple of days, you can skip a watering session and relax in your home, while the refreshing rain pampers your lawn and garden.
With these watering tips, you should see your lawn and garden flourish in no time, while saving on water and money.
Rainier Fuclan is a writer for Soil2O, a soil amendment from GelTech Solutions that releases 95% of water back into the root zone of plants. Rainier is an avid home gardener and is constantly looking for new ways to keep his lawn lush and green without spending a fortune or wasting water.