Water Saving Tips

PUT THESE LANDSCAPE WATER SAVING IDEAS TO USE NOW!

Summer is by far the most difficult time for landscape plantings!  Plant physiology allows for winter survival; however, our typically long summer drought comes just when all plants need the most water. Review the following checklist to ensure that your water is used to best effect.

BARK MULCH :  A good two inch deep surface mulch covering does wonders to  hold moisture in the soil.  Old mulch breaks down and must be replenished periodically.  Check to see how much  remains in your planter beds and add as needed.  Bark is expensive, but water is more expensive, and this is probably the single most effective action you can take to ensure plant health while reducing water use.

SPRINKLER EFFICIENCY :  There are many “water wasters” in most sprinkler systems.  Poor sprinkler head spacing, mismatched sprinkler nozzles (variable output), clogged, damaged or worn components all contribute to water over-use.  Additionally, plant growth sometimes necessitates moving sprinklers to restore coverage.  Be sure your system is inspected periodically by a qualified specialist.

LAWN AERATION :  This is a simple mechanical process that should be applied to every lawn twice annually; spring and fall.  The benefits of this service are much more than simply punching holes in the lawn in order to help with water penetration.  Core aeration improves the oxygen component of the soil.  This in turn creates a healthier organic soil environment, replete with a robust population of beneficial soil bacteria.  These and other beneficial microorganisms “drive” the critical organic processes of nutrient cycling and thatch breakdown.  Excessive thatch (over one-half inch thick) holds moisture which is then evaporated back to the atmosphere.