Trying to water your yard in another drought? How can you use this precious resource wisely? It can be hard when water restrictions become the norm while trying to water your lawn or garden you may have planted this year. How can you make sure your KB home in the Austin area uses water more effectively and precisely to ensure making the most of how much water you can use.
Some Things To Consider
While wanting to use some of these tips, be sure to realize that your yard may have certain things that can change up how much water you may use such as:
- Shade can make for watering less
- The way your yard slopes
- Having compacted soil can make for more watering
- Having uneven terrain in your yard
- The type of soil that your area is prone to
Use your best judgment to decide if you can get away with using 20-40% less water if you have some of these conditions. Why use more water if you don’t need to.
Ideas To Help Use Less Water
These are some of the more common ways to use less water when conditions call for it. There are also many great products to help save on water as well.
- Adjust your watering times to fit in with the current season or weather. If you are having rain showers throughout the week turn of your watering system or delay watering your lawn. If it is scorching hot, that is not the time to turn the water on either. That can actually burn your lawn.
- When mowing your lawn raise the level to not take off so much so that your grass can establish a deeper root system.
- Another great way to encourage having a deeper root system is to water deeply for 20-30 minutes. And as the season gets warmer reduce watering to 10-15 minutes. Don’t water every day as you will over water and kill your lawn, every few days is best.
- Watering in the mornings will also help reduce evaporation
- Try planting things that will actually grow well in your yard. You will save money getting plants and flowers that can actually grow in your yard, and also saves water as they adapt well in your specific climate.
- Plant the grass that grows best in your climate. It is also a good idea to buy two types of grass seed when seeding to help establish your lawn as well. Look for a thirty seventy mix.
- Timers are great when you have portable sprinklers. It will help save on your water bill and also make sure you don’t over use.
- Aerating and de-thatching your lawn can really help make all the difference in your lawn. It will help loosen up your soil and help your grass to grow better and use less water.
- Maintain your home sprinkling system so that it works effectively to help not use up so much water. And fix your sprinkling heads to not water the road or sidewalk.
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