5 Easy Ways to Save the Most Water In Your Yard
We all cringe at the sight of a sprinkler system running during a rainstorm, and conserving the amount of water used outside of our home is easier than you may think. Conserving water in your landscape will help to lower your utility bills, while also benefiting the environment. There are plenty of simple changes you can make in your water usage to reap these benefits:
How to Use Less Water In Your Yard
1. Eliminate Leaks
According to the EPA, a single 1/32” diameter leak on a hose, emitter or outdoor faucet can waste more than 6,000 gallons of water in a year. Think of how many leaks you could have all across your yard! Homes with professional landscapers will check for leaks automatically, but if you landscape your own property, you’ll want to do a thorough inspection at least once every other week.
2. Install a Rain Barrel
We all know that when it rains in Florida, it rains. A rain barrel is an excellent option for the plants in your yard because it’s free of many chemicals that are present in groundwater. In fact, many cities are offering incentives for installing these inexpensive devices. Instead of running your hose to water your garden, you can utilize the rainwater you’ve already collected, for free!
3. Mow Higher
Keeping your grass at the recommended size limit of about 2 inches will help to shade the soil and prevent any excessive evaporation, limiting how much water your lawn will need to stay healthy.
4. Upgrade to a Water-Efficient System
With conservation at the forefront of the general public’s minds, many manufacturers are improving the emitter technology we use outdoors. If your sprinkler heads, rotors, or drip irrigation emitters are more than three to five years old, you may want to look into an upgrade. Ask a professional to test your system and recommend more efficient alternatives.
5. Install an Automatic-Rain-Shut Off Device
An inexpensive choice, an automatic rain shutoff will turn off your water supply when a specified amount of rainwater has been detected. Not only does it protect your lawn from overwatering, but it also will help reduce your water bill!
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