Conserving water does not have to be hard or require sacrificing a beautiful
yard or garden. While letting a sprinkler run and walking away is easy,
it can lead to wasteful water use that drives up energy and water bills
conservation practices can have a positive impact while giving your yard the nourishment
it needs to look its best. Try one or a few of these tips today to make
• Mulch. Mulch helps plants in the yard and garden retain moisture so they do not
need watering as frequently. Mulch in the spring for the summer season
to conserve water as well as in the fall, when it is time to protect plants
for the winter season.
• Compost. This tried-and-true water saver can take time to get started, but once
you have created your first batch of usable compost, the cycle can help
you recycle your organic waste, improve the health of your plants, and
eliminate water waste. Mix in compost when you plant and then before you
mulch an area. The dense nutrients in the composted material will hold
water better than other soils.
• Put watering systems on a timer. Sprinkler system coverage varies, so look at the recommendations on the
packaging and compare them to your plant and yard watering needs to determine
the most efficient timing for watering. Using a timer on sprinklers can
help you remember to go back out and adjust the spray area for optimal
• Water only when your yard needs it. Look at the grass before watering to see if it needs it. Water when the
grass begins to change color and footprints leave a mark in the grass
that does not readily go away. Another way to check is by using a trowel
or spade to look at the first few inches of soil. If it is dry to the
touch, your yard or garden needs watering. Moisture meters from your local
garden store can also be helpful.
• Water in the morning and at night. The coolest parts of the day reduce the likelihood of evaporation, ensuring
water gets to plant roots.
• Install a rain barrel. If you get moderate rainfall during the summer, take advantage of the
occasional rains by installing a rain barrel that attaches to your gutter
system. Catching rain also prevents the runoff from causing pollution
problems as it trickles through nearby areas. However, first check your
local laws to make sure harvesting rainwater is not illegal in your area.
• Purchase WaterSense products. Sprinklers, irrigation systems, and hose spray-nozzles with the WaterSense
label have Environmental Protection Agency approval for conservation.
These products will automatically improve your conservation efforts while
keeping your yard and garden looking vibrant.
• Try using ice cubes for potted plants. The plants on your deck or near your driveway in containers can easily
become overwatered. Improve absorption and prevent overflow by adding
several ice cubes to the top.
These tips can help your plants stay healthy throughout the year, not just
during summer, so make a few changes to maintain a healthy yard while
For other information on the best water saving practices and plumbing solutions
for your home,
contact The Eco Plumbers.