Lower water usage and keep your sod “Evergreen”
Now that spring is here and the heat of summer is just around the corner, it’s time to start watering your Evergreen sod lawn again to keep it growing lush and green throughout the hottest and driest months of the year.
While keeping your lawn healthy requires regular watering, there are several ways to reduce your household water consumption, starting with periodic maintenance of sprinkler and drip systems.
Other keys to remember are:
- Make sure to adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it’s still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
- Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
- Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
Visit the website, wateruseitwisely.com, for several other tips on conserving water and ways to save on your monthly water use.