Water Conservation by Careful Garden Irrigation
As any Landscaper interested in Water Conservation knows, water is a vital part of the landscape. Without Garden Irrigation, all that hard work is wasted as plants dry up and die. However, in many areas, water conservation is now mandatory and even where it is not, gardeners should be conscious of this precious resource and consider the type of Irrigation System they will use, as well as using Rain Catchment to provide all or part of the irrigation water.
Any existing Irrigation System should be inspected carefully to ensure that it is in perfect working order. Just a small crack or leak can result in the loss of gallons of water over time. Anything used for watering the garden should be checked on a regular basis for leaks or poor joins.
Funnelling the water from the roof into a rain barrel will give you extra water to use, particularly in areas where there are strict conservation regulations are in place. These systems can be very simple to implement and are inexpensive, as well.
Water Conservation Tips
For the utmost in efficiency, make sure that your sprinklers are aimed at the plants. It may sound obvious, but all too many people end up thoroughly watering the driveway or patio, something that wastes quite a bit of water. It is often a question of simply moving the sprinkler. New systems should use adjustable heads which will make it easy to move the flow of water as needed.
Test the system and make sure you know just how long is necessary to water each area. Use a timer or adjust a programmable Irrigation System to ensure you don't overwater. Not only does this waste water, it also damages the garden.
When prepping the garden for winter, don't forget the Garden Irrigation lines. They should be emptied of water completely, as should any outdoor pipes. This will help prevent ice from forming; expanding the pipes and causing cracks which result in leaks come spring.
Mulch and soil polymers are another way a Landscaper can reduce the amount of water a garden needs. Mulch keeps soil cooler and protects against evaporation. It also adds a neat look to the garden.
Soil polymers absorb water and then release it slowly over a longer period of time, to help keep the ground moist. They are particularly useful in drier areas where the ground will likely become dried out.
Water Conservation is important. This is a resource that we really cannot waste, so it is worth it to check the Garden Irrigation System regularly and ensure that Rain Catchment is used where possible.