Are you aware that there is just as much water in the world today as there was millions of years ago; it’s even the same water! The water in the world has just been recycled through a hydrologic cycle over and over so that may make you wonder what the big deal about saving water is today. The problem is that good and clean water is a very precious commodity so conserving water is very important. If you have a yard than be sure not to over water it and water only when you lawn is in need of it. In general your lawn only needs about one inch of water each week. One way to easily check to see if your lawn is in need of water is to just step on it. If you remove your foot and the grass springs back then your lawn is properly hydrated. If your grass stays flat where you stepped, then your lawn needs to be watered. If you have an irrigation system than make sure that your sprinkler heads are aimed in the right direction. You want to make sure that water is not being sprayed onto a driveway or sidewalk; there is nothing more wasteful.
Another tip is to water between 4am and 6am. Watering before the sun rises will give the water more time to seep down into your soil. As the sun comes up it will start to evaporate the water particles on your grass and gardens and it won’t have a chance to infiltrate into the soil to get to the roots of your plants. Something else you should think about is implementing a few green solutions that are easy to install and effective in water conservation. One idea is to collect your rain water in barrels. You may want to do to a little research on the right one for you but you’ll find all the necessary information online or at your local garden center. You can even make one yourself if you want. Just search online and you’ll find directions and a list of the materials needed to make your own. When placing it, find a downspout from your gutter adjacent to your garden where you want to recycle the water. Place your rain barrel there and let it do the work for you by simply collecting it right out of your rain spout. This water is great for watering your flower gardens or lawn. You can use it for your vegetable gardens too, just don’t water within a few days of harvesting and always make sure to wash your produce with clean, filtered water before you cook or eat it.
A rain gauge is great to have because if it’s rained enough that week than you don’t need to waste any water. Checking your rain gauge will give you a better idea of how much rain came down and if it was enough to keep your plants happily hydrated. If you’re forgetful than try purchasing a notebook to keep track of when and how much you watered your garden and lawn. Also write down when it’s rained and how much it’s rained according to your rain gauge. Good luck on your water conservation.