Maintaining a nice lawn requires a lot of water; but if you're smart, there are some shortcuts that will help you use only the water that you need to use without wasting any. Let's take a look.
Water Only When Necessary
You may not realize, but chances are your lawn is getting more water than it needs. Set your Orbit water timer to run every other day, or only once per day. If you get a lot of rain, get a rain sensor that is programmed to keep your sprinklers off if it has rained or is going to rain soon.
Hose Faucet Watering
If you don't have a sprinkler system installed and you are using a hose faucet watering system, consider getting a timer for your hose so you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn your hose off. Hose timers are not very expensive and can save you a lot of time and money. Check out the Orbit 91213 One-Dial Garden Hose Timer.
Use mulch to control the amount of weeds around your lawn and in your flower beds. Weeds suck up much of the water that your plants should be using which requires you to run the water for longer. Mulch absorbs the water and keeps it available for your plants while also preventing an abundance of weeds.
If you don't have a drip irrigation system installed for the watering of your plants, you may want think about doing that. Relying on your sprinklers to water your plants and garden is a wasteful exercise. Drip systems cater directly to your plants so no water is wasted on the sidewalk or driveway.
It is important that you inspect your sprinkler system and garden hose for leaks, cracks, holes, and any other kind of damage. If you have water linking into the ground, you are wasting gallons of water each time your sprinklers turn on. Keep a close watch on the feel of your soil and be cautious of flooding.
Take advantage of the rain by getting some rain barrels for water storage. You can use that water either right away or you can save it in case you encounter a drought later on. There's no use letting all that rain water go to waste.
Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.