Connecticut Real Estate and Green Build Blog.

Water Saving tips for Lawn and Garden, Fairfield County, Ct.

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.
  •  

 

For more links and information on the EPA’s Water Sense program click here.

 

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.

David Popoff
Connecticut Licensed Real Estate Broker
Realtor® Green
Seller Representative Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative
candidate
LEED AP Homes

 

DMK Real Estate, Darien, CT.
Cell (203) 228-0646
DMKrealestate.com

 

 

 

DMK Realty, 06820 

 

 

 

 

Facebook    Twitter    Linked in

 

 

 

  AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

click on logo to go to website

 

                                           

                      

 

 

 

Find David Popoff Ct on Google+
Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Popoff • July 30 2012 10:56AM
Water Saving tips for Lawn and Garden, Fairfield County, Ct.
share
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… more
Mortgage Rate Lock Advsiory for Connecticut Mortgage Rates For The…
share
A lot of news coming out this week regarding the economy and along with that mortgage rates can be bouncing around a bit. Take a look below on Robert Amato's post detailing this. For tips on how to find your best mortgage rate click here &… more
How to Find the Best Mortgages in Connecticut & Your Area.
share
How to Find the Best Mortgages in Connecticut and Your Area. Having close to twenty years’ experience in the local real estate market and property management business here in Fairfield County, Connecticut I am constantly asked to recommend… more
Darien, Connecticut Home Sales UP and Prices Down, First Half of 2012.
share
Darien, Connecticut Home Sales UP and Prices Down, First Half of 2012. July 24, 2012 Yet again with mortgage rates hitting new lows the real estate market in Darien, Connecticut is busier than last year when comparing the statistical… more
Real Estate Market Report for Darien, New Canaan and Rowayton, Ct mid…
share
Real Estate Market Report for Darien, New Canaan and Rowayton, Ct mid July 2012. Real estate market report for Darien, New Canaan and Rowayton, Connecticut for mid-July, 2012 showing activity with a total of 25 closings between the… more
What Makes a LEED Home Different?
share
What Makes a LEED Home Different? Recently here in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut two new LEED homes designed by Trillium Architects have been built. The first one is a renovation in Darien that just was certified LEED Platinum the… more
Energy Efficient Series by a New Hampshire Professional.
share
Dale Baker, http://ActiveRain. com/blogs/bakerhome is a Certified Home Inspector and his New Hampshire based company does Home inspections, Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections. The following are links to each of the ten… more
1925 Colonial Renovation Earns LEED Platinum Certification in Darien,…
share
1925 Colonial Renovation Earns LEED Platinum Certification in Darien, Ct. Usually LEED certified homes are new built but not this 1925 Colonial home in Darien, Connecticut that sits on 1/7 in town acre property (6, 222 sq. ft… more
2nd Quarter, 2012 Real Estate Report for Darien, Connecticut.
share
2nd Quarter, 2012 Real Estate Report for Darien, Connecticut. July 16, 2012. Year to date single family homes in Darien, Connecticut have seen an increase of homes sold compared to last year with a 12. 71% improvement. Yet with increased… more
2nd Quarter 2012 Real Estate Market Report for Greenwich, Connecticut.
share
2nd Quarter 2012 Real Estate Market Report for Greenwich, Connecticut. July 16, 2012. View Larger Map Currently on the Greenwich MLS there are a total of 723 listing with 581 of them being single… more