If your business or commercial lot has a lot of landscaping, it can hit your wallet quickly. Between maintenance costs and water expenses, it's vital to keep costs down by being as efficient as possible with landscaping choices. Here are three ways to reduce water usage when installing irrigation to maintain your landscape.
The easiest way to water large swaths of land is with ample and strategic placement of sprinkler heads. And to be sure, this is the best way to keep a lawn green. But it may be the least efficient way to water shrubs and plants, and you certainly don't want to waste water on nearby sidewalks or driveways.
For larger water savings, be sure to place sprinklers so they will cover the lawn only but not overshoot onto concrete or stone areas. Add between 1 and 2 feet of planted areas all around the edge of the grass so you can reduce the sprinkler's reach and ensure no water is wasted on hardscaping.
Install Drip Systems
Drip irrigation is a system of rubber hoses that are usually buried just below the surface and have dripper heads, which can be placed anywhere along the hose to water individual plants. Working with a professional landscaper, plan out a drip irrigation system to reach all those delicate plants and thirsty shrubbery in the most water-efficient way possible.
Control When to Water
For the best results, always water in the early morning. This prevents unnecessary evaporation and ensures that the plants receive all the water you intend for them. Also, install weather sensors in your sprinkler system that shut off the water during certain weather conditions. This includes rain, freezing temperatures and high winds (to prevent water loss).
Choose the Right Plants
Native or local plants generally require less maintenance and replacement than exotic ones. There are also a wide variety of drought-resistant plants that work well with little or no watering after becoming established (often referred to as xeriscaping). Local growers can help you choose the right plants for your region and the particular needs of your lot.
Rainwater collection tanks are growing in popularity as a money-saving option that can help with building maintenance as well. Such tanks can be placed so as to collect and store rain runoff from gutters and then feed it to a drip irrigation system for watering the plants. Collecting rainwater also helps prevent potentially-damaging water overflow around the building and sewers.
Whether you want to save money or plan ahead for the real possibility of droughts in your area, planning ahead to save water is a good investment at any time. And although it might require some additional work when creating your landscaping, the payoff will continue for years to come.
For further help with landscaping, contact a company like Thompson Landscape Co.
As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.