Water conservation is important in any situation but today we are going to focus on how to conserve water in your garden. First we will discuss proper irrigation and alternative water sources. We will go over reviewing your existing irrigation systems then reviewing your irrigation controller. We will talk about how to review the irrigation heads in your yard and some other really interesting stuff such as alternative water sources, storm water recycling, and rain water harvesting. Then we will talk about reducing your lawn maintenance to conserve unnecessary use of water. When we talk about this we will go over, excessive watering and some helpful techniques like identifying the soil type in your yard. This is important for you to understand when it comes to the different rates of water absorbency. We will discuss watering in the morning and watering when the wind is low rather than high. We will also go over some other helpful techniques to retain moisture and conserve water in your garden.
Some tools you should have to conserve water in your garden are as follows; a trigger nozzle for your hose so you can control the water pressure and how much is being released, some drip irrigation, an irrigation rain gauge, adjustable irrigation spray and rotary heads, a rain barrel and you may also want to adjust your mower height to retain more moisture in your yard. We will also talk about drought tolerant plant varieties that you can purchase for your garden. I’ll start talking about all of this then you’ll need to continue watching the videos in this series to get the rest of this wonderfully helpful information.
So let’s discuss proper irrigation and alternative water sources. Be sure to carefully consider the proper amount of water that your garden needs to survive. If you have an irrigation system, make sure to inspect it to ensure it is in good operating condition. If there are any broken or damaged parts, repair them promptly. As long as your irrigation system is working properly, it can really help water your garden or lawn evenly and in a quick and conservative manner. If your irrigation system is damaged or set to run at longer then needed intervals, it can waste water on a large scale. Check to make sure that your irrigation controller is set to water each part of your landscape efficiently. Each zone can be set individually for different watering periods. Check to make sure that your sprinklers are aimed in the right directions. Be sure that you’re not watering your driveway, the street or the sidewalk.
If you plan to install a new irrigation system be sure to install adjustable heads which will allow you to aim and flow precisely where you want the water to go and make any necessary adjustments throughout the watering season. When you have an irrigation system, a rain gauge or a soil moisture sensor is essential. The gauge or sensor stops the irrigation system from cycling when it rains and wasting precious water. In northern climates it’s important to winterize your irrigation system. Any water in the lines can freeze and burst the pipes if they are not drained for the winter. Keep watching the videos in this series for more information on water conservation in your garden.