The hot summer months can do a number on your lawn and garden, which is why it's important to know how and when to water them. Using Eric Stromer's simple tips, you can keep your grass and plants fully hydrated, whether you decide to water by hand, movable sprinkler or with a complete irrigation system. Here's how.
First and foremost, drought-resistant plants are the easiest way to maximize your water output. Consider grasses like fescue and wheatgrass for your lawn and a mix of succulents for landscaping.
Timing is everything -- don’t water in the heat of the day. Instead, schedule it in the morning to minimize the amount of water loss due to evaporation. Even coverage is key when watering your lawn. If you have a sprinkler system, this should be pretty easy. If you don’t, it will mean moving your sprinkler multiple times to get the right distribution. It’s best to do one or two deep watering sessions per week rather than more frequent short ones. Longer watering promotes healthier, drought-resistant roots.
If you have an irrigation system, make sure your sprinkler heads don’t waste water on driveways and sidewalks. Sprinkler heads are simple to adjust, repair or replace, so don’t be intimidated.
Installing slow-soaking drip lines around specific plants or gardens is a great way to conserve water. You can attach them to existing irrigation systems or just connect them to a standard outdoor faucet by adding a pressure regulator.
Finally, using rain barrels to collect the water nature already provides is the ultimate tool in water conservation. They require minor instillation and can save you water and money for years to follow.
Items You'll Need
- Drought-resistant grasses like fescue and wheatgrass
- Succulents for landscaping
- Irrigation system or mobile sprinkler
- Slow-soaking drip hose
- Rain water recovery barrel