With costs rising and water scarce in many parts of the country, it can be hard to keep your water bill under control. Often, if you aren’t an expert in irrigation, when you try to cut back, plants wither and die, costing you time and money.
So, the plants need that water or you need a degree in gardening or do you? Turns out, there are a lot of places you can cut back on your water usage– saving you money and water!
7 Ways to Save Water in Your Yard:
1. Embrace the mulch.
No one is a huge fan of mulch. It’s extra work, expensive, and often times a pain after rainstorms. However, mulch can help insulate your garden from the sun on hot days, keeping the water in and the heat out. Additionally, it can stop erosion in its tracks, leading to a better looking and more manageable garden. Well worth an afternoon of effort to get it down in the spring and fall.
2. Take advantage of natural water sources.
This is especially true if you live in an area with little to no water. Take advantage of rainy days to help you water your garden even when there’s not a cloud in the sky. There are tons of tutorials out there on homemade rain catchers, some of which even funnel the water down to the garden once a spout is turned. Just set it up below your rain gutter and reap the benefits.
3. Irrigate with drip hoses.
Water hoses are a traditional but poor way to water gardens. Uneven flow means that most of your water will turn into runoff, instead of being absorbed into the soil where the plants need it the most. Instead, try a drip hose, which will direct water evenly along the hose’s length, watering every plant in its path evenly and efficiently, saving you from costly runoff.
4. Redirect inefficient sprinkler heads.
If you’ve ever gotten showered by a neighbor’s wayward sprinkler while enjoying a walk on the sidewalk, you know what we mean. Sprinklers that water asphalt and concrete are doing nothing for your yard, and everything to raise your water bill. Adjust the direction and flow of the sprinkler until it waters your yard, and only your yard. The neighborhood kids might not like it, but your yard and your wallet will thank you.
5. Don’t chop all of your grass.
We know mowing is no fun. It’s tempting to chop the grass as short as possible in order to lengthen the time between mowing sessions. But doing this could be costing you a lot in water use. Long grass insulates and shades itself against the summer heat, meaning it won’t need as much water to stay green and growing. Of course, you might not want that if you hate to mow.
6. Water in the morning.
Multiple studies have proven the benefits of watering in the morning. Before the ground is parched and dry, your yard has more chance to absorb the essential water. Once everything is insanely hot, most watering sessions will simply evaporate before it can reach the roots for much-needed water therapy. Instead, set your sprinklers to turn on before you leave for work in the morning.
7. Turn off the automatic sprinkler system.
This is tempting if you live a busy life and can’t be bothered to water. Between getting kids to practices, work, hanging out with friends, and other distractions, your automatic sprinkler system probably gets a lot of use. But when was the last time that sprinkler system checked the weather? If you’re one of ‘those people’ with their sprinklers on during a rainstorm, you might want to rethink your watering system. If you can’t part with automatic watering, try turning it off if the week ahead looks stormy. Your wallet and the planet will thank you.