What would your lawn and landscape look like if there was no water?
Probably pretty barren.
However, if you employ wise watering tips as well as invest in a smart lawn sprinkler, you’re lending a hand toward water conservation as well as savings on your water bill.
What is Smart Irrigation Month?
The Irrigation Association, a trade group, dedicated to irrigation and efficient water use, devotes every July to Smart Irrigation Month.
Smart Irrigation Month reminds all of us to conserve our most precious resource. If you water wisely, you can still have a beautiful lawn and gardens throughout the hot, dry Oklahoma summer.
There are many ways that you can protect Oklahoma City’s water supply:
- Water your lawn in the early morning hours or the early evening hours
- Install a rain garden rather than having water rushing through your stormwater drains
- Install a rain catchment system for reserving rainwater to use in your gardens and lawn
- Give your lawn and landscape a good soak once or twice a week
- Give your lawn only 1”-2” of water per week
- Invest in a rain gauge to measure how much water you receive from each rain event
- Mow your lawn higher to lower your yard grass’s watering needs
- Mulch your landscape since mulch holds in moisture
- Invest in sustainable lawn care by planting the right type of grass seed in the sunny and shady parts of your property
- Make sure you get your lawn aerated and overseeded every year
- Invest in organic lawn care because organic soil amendments and fertilizers help the ground hold onto moisture longer
- Plant wisely by using more native plants and group plants together according to how much water they need to survive.
- Invest in a smart lawn sprinkler and drip irrigation
- Water each part of your property based on its needs. For example, a shaded area needs less water than your lawn that’s in full sun.
Why Your Oklahoma Yard Needs a Smart Lawn Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation
Today’s sprinklers are convenient and can be fitted with the weather, moisture, and other sensors to conserve water while providing enough of it for your lawn to survive.
Here are four benefits to investing in a smart sprinkler system:
1. It takes the headache out of watering your lawn and landscape by hand or with a sprinkler that you picked up at your local retail store. Your irrigation system is designed to cover all areas of your property.
2. You’ll notice that there is less wasted water. The American Water Works Association Research Foundation found that over half of American households’ water usage is wasted because of inefficient sprinklers. Specifically, up to 1.5 billion gallons of water is wasted each day due to inefficient sprinklers.
3. You can include sensors, such as moisture, rain, soil, and weather, that turn off your sprinkler when the soil has enough water or there is rain coming soon.
4. Drip and micro-irrigation systems emit water directly to your plants’ roots rather than shallowly watering them.
Drip irrigation sends water directly to the roots of your landscape plants, trees and shrubs. Since it goes right to the roots, your drip system doesn’t need to operate for long periods of time.
Drippers also save you time because you don’t need to run your garden hose and stand there watering your plants for an hour or so.
How Organic Lawn Care Helps You Save Money on Your Water Bills
Organic lawn care and plant health care may not be for everyone. However, when you invest in it, you’ll notice that your soil holds onto moisture for a more extended period of time.
The soil amendments and fertilizers build up your property’s soil, so it helps lawn roots to go down deep in the soil for moisture. You’ll notice that you’re watering less per week when your soil is healthy.
How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes’ Sister Company, Conserva, Helps You Reduce Your Water Usage
If you’re not ready to commit to an organic lawn care program, that’s okay. We provide hybrid solutions combining organic and traditional lawn care products to give you quicker results.
We also recommend our sister company, Conserva Irrigation because they use the best sprinkler systems in the business. Plus, they design, install, audit and maintain lawn sprinklers in the greater Oklahoma City region.
If your Oklahoma City lawn and garden needs a professional touch, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.