Tips to Help You Use Water Efficiently Outdoors

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The greatest waste of watering is watering too much, too often. Use these tips to water your landscape efficiently this summer.

1. Adjust your sprinklers so that they’re watering your lawn and garden, and not the street or sidewalk.

2. Water early in the morning (before 10a.m) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.

3. Set it, but don’t forget it! Whether you have a manual or automatic system, be sure to adjust your watering schedules throughout the irrigation season.

4. Water established lawns about 1 inch per week (a bit more during hot, dry weather).

5. Inspect your overall irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well maintained system will save you money, water, and time.

6. Consider replacing some turf area with low water use plants and grasses. They are easier to maintain than turf, look beautiful, and require far less water.

7. Group plants with similar needs. Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires — not too much or too little.

8. Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.

9. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass. Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

10. Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If run off or puddling occurs, break longer watering sessions into several short sessions allowing water to soak into the soil between each session.

11. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

12. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

13. Hire a qualified professional to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

14. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed. Digital Rain Sprinkler Service can help with installation of a drip irrigation system. Call 402-934-7900 for more information.

Our water supplies are limited. With more than half of outdoor water used for lawns and gardens, a few simple steps can reduce your outdoor water consumption. Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

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Saving water makes sense! Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service today and let’s get started with your new irrigation system.