Water is one of our most precious resources. We all use water every day. We need it to survive, grow crops, cook, clean, and take care of others. The list goes on and on. The point is: water is vital, and there is a limited supply of usable fresh water on our planet. And with the population of humans growing every day, we must find better ways of using the water we have to not exceed the renewal rate of our supply. That said, here are some reasons to save water while irrigating your lawn and some ways that you can go about it.
Reasons to Conserve Water
It Saves Money
The less water you use while irrigating your lawn, the more money you will save on your water bill. This is why one of the first things to check if you see a spike in your bill is to make sure you do not have a leak in your irrigation system. Even a tiny leak can cause a massive spike in price. And who does not love saving money?
It Protects the Local Ecology
No matter where you live, there are wild animals and vegetation that need water to survive. In addition, those plants and animals keep other things at bay, like pests. So, it is helpful to have them around. In addition, conserving water in your irrigation system allows more water to be available for the local ecosystems to continue to thrive.
How to Save Water
While saving water is important, it is also essential to take care of your lawn. After all, you and your lawn are part of the local ecosystem too! Here are some simple tools you can install to help conserve water while still making sure you irrigate your lawn.
Use a rain barrel. It is not illegal to collect rainwater in a rain barrel in Florida, nor do you need a permit to do so. Many counties and municipalities are actively encouraging homeowners to take advantage of rain barrels to water their lawns or wash their cars. Some counties even have workshops you can attend to learn how to set up and use your rain barrel.
Install a rain sensor with an automatic shut-off. This is a handy device that you can install in your irrigation system to detect if it has rained. Some of the newer versions use the power of Wi-Fi to know if there is a prediction of rain in the local forecast and preemptively shut off the system.
Choose drought-hardy plants. Plants that do not require much water will fare better in drought conditions. So as you prepare to plant next spring, consider plants that require less water to minimize the amount of water you need to use.
Mow high and mulch deep. Cutting your grass too short means that water runs off faster rather than being trapped by the blades of grass. If you can raise the desk of your mower, your grass will act as a natural barrier to keep rainwater in and self-water. Likewise, laying mulch in thick layers over your plants will help to trap the water in the soil preventing it from evaporating too quickly.