Did you know that July is Smart Irrigation Month? In order to increase awareness and education about the value of water, the Irrigation Association deemed July as the month to save our precious resource. There are many ways in which you, your family and even your co-workers can get aligned with the cause. Get started with the tips below on how you can reduce your utility bills and save water by making small changes to your landscaping and gardening routine….
- Mulch around plants, bushes and trees – Putting down between 2 and 4 inches of mulch helps reduce evaporation and moderates highs and lows in soil temperatures. It also improves water penetration and helps moderate weeds that compete for water.
- Aerate to keep soil healthy – Aerate your lawn at least once a year to improve water penetration. When planting, turn and cultivate the soil. Also, add compost or fertilizer to improve moisture retention and grow healthier plants that need less water to stay strong.
- Landscape for your lot – Consider your lot’s features, including sun and shade, dry and damp areas, plant size and how you utilize each part of your yard. Then, choose grass/plants that have low water requirements and will thrive in your local climate.
- Place similar plants together – When you group plants with similar moisture needs in the same area, it makes it easier to make sure they get the water they need without overwatering. Also, be sure to separate plants from grassy areas. Grass has different water requirements.
- Plant grass in functional spots – A good rule of thumb is to plant grass in play zones and other areas where it will be used and enjoyed. Instead of planting turf on steep slopes, consider ground cover, perimeter plants or mulch.
For more helpful, water saving tips, visit the Irrigation Association’s website at https://www.irrigation.org/default.aspx