Water Saving tips for Lawn and Garden, Fairfield County, Ct.
The average American household uses 30% of their domestic water as outdoor use. In some parts of the country such as California it can go up as high as 60%. It is estimated that up to 50% of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation, wind or runoff caused by overwatering.
It is easy to have a great looking yard, save money, conserve water and protect the environment, here are some tips.
- Avoid watering in the middle of the day, water early in the morning or evening. This will reduce evaporation.
- Use a drip irrigation system or simple irrigation hose in your gardens. Drip irrigation saves water by minimizing evaporation and water runoff.
- Use a rain barrel or other types of Rainwater harvesting systems to water gardens.
- Mulch around shrubs and plant can reduce weeds and keep water where needed.
- Position sprinklers to water only yard, not driveways, sidewalks, house, patios, etc.
- Make sure sprinkler heads do not overlap, regular inspections for leaks.
- For irrigation systems on a timer make sure the system has a rain sensor so you do not waste water while it is raining.
- Avoid over watering, us as rain gauge to tell when your lawn needs watering and how much you are applying. In general grass needs ¾ to 1 inch of water per week.
- If the forecast calls for rain hold off on watering.
- How much lawn do you really need? Grass is a huge water hog, by re-naturalizing un-need lawn areas you will save time and money and will help reduce water pollution.
- Mulch your lawn by letting lawn clippings remain on the lawn.
- Set your mower at one of the higher cutting heights will help the lawn retain water?
- Sharpen the mowers blade; dull blades tear the grass which requires it to use 40-60% more water to rejuvenate.
- Plant native and native like plants from your region, they will need less watering, fertilizer and pesticides.
- Use one of the new drought resistant grasses when planting new grass.
David Popoff is a license real estate agent in Fairfield County, Connecticut, along with being a NAR ~ Green designee and LEED AP Home accredited by USGBC.
Connecticut Licensed Real Estate Broker
Seller Representative Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative candidate
LEED AP Homes
DMK Real Estate, Darien, CT.
Cell (203) 228-0646
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