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Conserving Water II

There are many ways to conserve water, as I listed in the previous article.  Here are some more ideas:

– Compost, compost, compost.  While you never want to overuse compost, using compost over the top of your existing soil, or digging it in a bit can help your soil retain water.  Try to use an organic compost, as this will add structure to your soil.

– Don’t cut your grass so short.  Leaving your grass a bit long.  The idea is to leave at least two-thirds of the leaf surface alive and uncut.  The reasoning behind this is that your grass needs the extra leaf space to be healthy and reproduce.  It may seem counterintuitive – because clearly that’s more leaf to water – but your lawn has to have a healthy above-ground layer for the below-ground layer to remain healthy as well.  And it’s the below-ground layer that digs deep for water.

Additionally, when mowing, leave a layer of grass clippings on your lawn.  Only do this if they aren’t too long and bulky.  You don’t want piles of clippings on your lawn.

– Try using a soaker hose instead of overhead watering.  The soaker hose will feed water directly to the roots, so there will be minimal waste when watering.  You can even get a soaker system installed in place of sprinklers.

– Section off particularly thirsty plants.  Some plants, like tomatoes or roses, need watering every day or they won’t produce in our hot climate.  Instead of planting these with other plants that could do with less water, put them in their own separate section of the yard or containers.  You can also give them their own sprinkler system.  This way they get their own water, when they need it, without sharing with the rest of your more drought tolerant plants.

Here’s to a year of low water bills and flourishing landscapes!

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