Smart Water Conservation Ideas for Gardening and Lawn Maintenance

Water may be plentiful in some areas of the country, but careful conservation is needed everywhere.  Climate shifts and long dry spells lead to a heavy demand on scarce water resources in many places, and regulations may not allow for the use of water for lawn maintenance or gardens.  Even if water is available for irrigation, it can be very costly when applied inefficiently.

Labor Saving Irrigation Systems – Proper Design is Essential

Irrigation systems are wonderful labor savers for lawn maintenance, but how many of them are properly designed to achieve the best use of the water?  If you drive through Denver and observe some automatic sprinkler systems in operation, you are likely to see water running off in some places.  It is a crime to watch water, which is vital to our existence, flowing into storm drains while the needle on the water meter is rotating.
Water Conversation Tips for Irrigation Systems

Most irrigation plans don’t take into consideration the different types of irrigation needs for different conditions.  The result is that some locations don’t get enough water and others are overly saturated.  Simple water conservation techniques include:
  • Putting water only where it is needed – Sprinkler heads should be carefully adjusted and strategically placed so water is not broadcast into the street and other places it is not needed.  Drip systems use much less water when they can be incorporated into the irrigation system.
  • Monitoring and overriding timed irrigation – Do you ever see irrigation of landscaping taking place during the pouring rain?  This is a criminal waste of water, but it happens all the time.
  • Water at the right time of day – When the heat index is very high, a great deal of the water that is thrown into the air will evaporate before it can do the garden or lawn any good.  You should water when the temperatures are cooler, and give the water time to sink into the soil before the heat starts to rise again.
Get the most from the water you have whether there is a seemingly endless supply or only a little.  Many don’t realize the importance of water conversation until they have to do without. Being conservative of our natural resources is a good habit to develop, and it is a contributing factor to environmentally friendly gardening and lawn maintenance.