Saving in water in your yard this summer not only trims your water bill, but also saves this precious resource. If you’re not ready for a full drought-resistant landscape, try some of these tips to reduce your impact in the meantime.
- Choose native plants
Ask your landscape experts and do some research to determine which plants are native to your region. These plants will be naturally prepared to deal with the natural level of moisture your area will get. Once established, they require little or no watering.
- Pile on the mulch
Mulching around plants is a great way to reduce water loss. Mulch also cuts down on water-stealing weeds. Natural mulches include compost, bark chips, and pine needles, or make DIY mulch with your own grass clippings and ground-up leaves.
- Lose the lawn
A perfect green lawn can waste 20,000 gallons of water each year (yikes). Plant a drought-resistant variety like bermuda and buffalo grass which require 20% less water than fescue or bluegrass. If you need to keep your grass, keep it long to shade roots and retard evaporation
- Water in the morning
Watering your plants in the cool morning gives them time to absorb the moisture before its evaporated. Watering at night can encourage fungus and mildew growth, so stick with the mornings.