>> Monday, June 7, 2010
Mondays are challengicious at The Conscious Shopper. Here's this week's water-related challenge
Instead of the usual Baby Steps etc., I'm just going to list a bunch of random tips today for watering and landscaping your yard and garden:
- The best time to water your lawn or garden is in the early morning.
- Make sure your sprinklers are positioned so you're watering the lawn or garden and not the sidewalk.
- Check your sprinkler system and outdoor faucets periodically for drips and leaks.
- If you have an automatic sprinkler system, install a rain shut-off device so you don't double water. Overwatering can be just as bad for your plants as underwatering (not to mention wasting lots of water).
- Set up a drip irrigation system to water near the roots where the plants need it most rather than on the leaves where you could spread disease.
- Multi-task by letting your kids run through the sprinkler in a spot of your yard that needs some water, and move the sprinkler throughout the yard rather than always turning it on in the same spot.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
- Choose plants that are native to your area and/or require less water.
- Plant during the spring or fall rather than midsummer when plants require more water.
- Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by adding more trees, shrubs, and ground covers.
- Mulch around your plants and garden to keep the soil cooler and avoid evaporation. A good source of mulch is the tree's own leaves - collect them in the fall, shred them, and then spread them around the base of the tree. Or skip the raking and leave them on the ground where they fall.
- Keep your lawn mower adjusted to a higher setting - longer grass holds soil moisture better than shorter grass.
- Aerate your lawn by poking holes about six inches apart throughout the yard so water will penetrate into the soil and reach the roots rather than running off the surface.
Will you take the challenge?