As summer comes to an end, there are no more excuses for using too much water. Although California is no longer in a drought, it’s still best to be environmentally conscious while saving some money on your water bill. Here are 5 ways you can optimize your water consumption in your home in the yard or garden.
#1: Adjust the Sprinkler System
Think about how much water is wasted when the majority of sprinkler water is on the sidewalk instead of your lawn! You can fix this by adjusting the sprinkler heads away from concrete and towards the area where you need it. You can also reduce the spray distance to prevent overlapping sprinkler areas as well as overwatering your lawn and plants.
#2: Water in the Morning or Evening
Optimum sprinkler timing allows more water to be used for the lawn and plants, as opposed to evaporating quickly in the hot air. Whether you use a sprinkler system or water your plants with a hose, the prime time for watering is in the early morning or late evening when the sun is low. You can maximize spray and save water so it’s a win-win.
#3: Sweep Hardscapes
Using water on your hardscapes is typically unnecessary, but many residents like to hose down their pavement to clean it. Rather than hosing off your patios, driveways, and other hardscapes sweep off the dirt with a broom. No water needed.
#4: Use a Pool Cover
Pools can lose an inch or more every week due to evaporation. It all depends on temperature, humidity, and winds. Not only will a pool cover keep it clean from falling leaves and debris, it will prevent water from leaving the pool in the first place. You’ll save yourself a significant amount of water from eliminating the need to refill the pool back to its recommended height.
#5: Install Artificial Turf, Hardscapes, or Drought-Tolerant Plants
Doing this one eliminates the need to do tips #1 and #2! A lawn that doesn’t require sprinklers or watering can save you a noticeable amount of both water AND money! Many Californians are investing in synthetic grass installations because their yard can have the look and feel of natural grass without the maintenance or water requirements. Some cities in California also offer rebates for artificial turf installations.
Homeowners also pair their artificial lawn with California-native and drought-tolerant plants. Cactus plants and other desertscape foliage is beneficial to saving water in any yard. Hardscapes also don’t require water and act as a great lawn alternative. For an aesthetically balanced property, incorporate synthetic turf with a few native plants and hardscape. You’ll have all the benefits of a water-wise environment while still being picturesque from the sidewalk.
Whatever you choose to conserve water on your property, know that you’re helping the environment and your wallet simultaneously. Water conservation is important to us here at Grizzly Turf & Pavers. That’s why we offer high-quality artificial grass installations with top-notch customer service for residential and commercial properties. If you’re considering a synthetic turf installation, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (866) 237-8873. Let’s get started on a free quote!