The Happy Gardener

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Water Conservation


         S pring is a critical time to encourage the development of deeper root systems. Forcing your plants to hunt for their water source strengthens them. When you see for yourself how the plants do not exhibit signs of stress during this period, you will be even more encouraged to conserve water.

As daytime temperatures increase, the amount of water consumption increases. The summer brings on a variety of hazards to your irrigation system. Such events are beyond our control- breaks and leaks in the irrigation, family members forgetting to turn off the water, etc. The practice of Water Conservation makes a dent even with these occurrences.

A basic, working understanding of your irrigation system can make you aware that an irrigation break exists-before the plants start dying; before being faced with a skyrocketing water bill.

Unfortunately, too many people water their yard every day or every other day with little to no thought as to how to go about irrigating correctly. To water in May as you would in August is incorrect. You must compensate for temperature changes. Bad watering habits cause you to water more, rather than less. Without water conservation, water simply runs out into the streets and down into the rain gutters, serving no purpose whatsoever.

Water conservation helps to protect your yard. There are certain days, as in during a heat wave for example, when extra watering time is required for the purpose of replacing the water that was lost during transpiration.

Dry spots are often caused by sprinkler heads that are either broken, clogged, or out of adjustment. In this case, solving the problem by increasing the watering time is impractical.

Choose a sprinkler installation design that works well with your yard. Spend time deciding which types of sprinklers are best suited for your current lawn and landscape, and also consider the type irrigation needed for the plants you'll be adding later on. Think of the sprinkler parts as the backbone of your yard. These are the tools that are going to keep your plants healthy.

One way to check how well your water conservation program is working for you is by the decrease in your water consumption stated on your water bill. Those figures translate directly into sufficient dollars savings for you. Another way to affirm your Water Conservation practice is the fact that you can use less water and still maintain a healthy lawn and landscape.

Water conservation is a guideline; a consistent series of choices, explanations, education, and recommendations. Once you have a basic understanding and put it into practice, your savings will improve every year.

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