As summer heats up, demand for water increases. Use less water and lower your utility bill with these water-saving tips:
Water Your Lawn in Early Morning
The best time to water is in the early morning, when evaporation rates are lowest, there is little wind, and water pressure is best. Grasses are also less likely to develop disease or pest problems if watered in the morning.
Water Your Lawn Only When Needed
Most grasses only need one inch of water every five to ten days in the heat of summer. Fewer but heavier lawn watering encourages deeper roots that can withstand dry weather better. Applying too much water too rapidly causes runoff that can carry soil, fertilizers, and pesticides to nearby streams.
Mulch Shrubs & Other Plants
Mulch conserves moisture by reducing evaporation of water vapor from the soil surface. Mulching also prevents compaction, reduces disease, and prevents weeds.
Check Your Sprinkler System
Homes with in-ground automatic irrigation systems use 35 percent more water than those without irrigation systems. To avoid water waste, make sure irrigation systems are in good working order. Check for leaks, replace any broken sprinkler heads, and make sure that spray does not water sidewalks, driveways, or the street.
Use Drought-tolerant & Native Plants
Plants that are native to North Texas have adapted to thrive naturally in this region. They require less water and less maintenance than plants from other regions with different climates. Visit txsmartscape.com for more information.