Landscape Water Use

By: Danny Lipford
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Americans use about seven billion gallons of water a day just for landscape irrigation. The best way to control that use is to reduce the need for watering.

A generous layer of mulch around your plants, say three to five inches, will help prevent evaporation and retain moisture around the roots. When you mow the lawn, raise the blade a notch or two—shorter grass requires more water.

While you’re at it use a mulching mower, which will to return the clippings to the lawn. It feeds the lawn, slows evaporation, and saves time mowing.

When the weather is hot and dry, don’t apply fertilizer. In these conditions it will actually aggravate the problems associated with drought and put more stress on your plants.

Finally, when you add new plants, choose those that are native to the region, since they will require less watering.



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