Only 3% of the water on the planet is freshwater. With such a low percentage, it is extremely important to practice water conservation techniques. A majority of water that is wasted comes from the maintenance of one’s lawn. Fortunately, by updating your irrigation system and doing a bit of lawn maintenance, you can avoid wasting excess water. Here are some tips to help you conserve water when maintaining a lawn:
Install an Automatic Rain Shut-off Device
Most households have their sprinklers set on a timer, which keeps them from having to remember to turn them on and off every day. Unfortunately, this system ends up wasting water when it rains. A simple fix to this is installing an automatic rain shut-off device onto your irrigation control system. This device tells the controller to shut off the sprinklers when a specified amount of rain falls.
An automatic rain shut-off device can help protect your lawn from overwatering, while also helping you save money on your water bill. The cost of this device is around $200, but it generally pays for itself within one season and keeps your water usage down.
Update your Irrigation System with a Smart Controller
A smart controller can be installed to your irrigation system to help cut down on wasted water. Smart controllers will also respond to rainy weather, and they can improve water efficiency by around 40%, thus leading to a major decrease in your water bill.
Upgrade Outdated Emitters
Advancements in technology have introduced newer water-efficient sprinkler heads, rotors, and drip irrigation emitters. If you are using a system that is more than a couple years old, it may be time to upgrade your sprinkler system.
Eliminate Sprinkler System Leaks
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a single 1/32” diameter leak in a hose, emitter, or outdoor faucet can waste over 6,000 gallons of water a year. A weekly inspection of your sprinkler system, outdoor hose, and faucet can help you detect leaks and repair your sprinkler system before you waste too much water. Unnoticed leaks will cause your water bill to rise and can even cause the leak to become worse over time if the problem isn’t taken care of.
A rain barrel is a special tank that collects rain, which can be recycled to different parts of the home, such as irrigation systems. These barrels can help reduce wasted water and significantly reduce your water bill. Rainwater is also much healthier for plants because it does not have as many salts and chemicals as groundwater.
Pack on the Mulch
One way to conserve water is to reduce how quickly the water evaporates. Evaporation prevents plants from using all of the water provided to them. Adding thicker patches of mulch around plants allows the root zone to stay cooler, which significantly slows down the evaporation process.
Water the Soil
Watering your plants is extremely important for maintaining their health, but make sure you are aiming the water at their roots. Avoid getting water on the plants themselves, as excess water on the leaves encourages different types of fungus to grow and promotes a condition known as sunscald. Furthermore, water that lands on leaves, blooms, and branches is wasted because plants can’t use this water.
Don’t Cut your Grass too Short
Keeping your grass at the upper recommended limit helps provide shade for your yard. This shade helps trap water in the soil and decreases the chance of excessive evaporation. It’s healthier for your grass and it keeps your water bills lower, so it’s a win-win.
If you need sprinkler repair or are looking to replace your system with a more water-efficient version, contact H.E.B. Plumbing & Sprinkler today. We’ll help you reduce your water bills by keeping your system from wasting water.