The Texas Water Development Board states that the population in Texas is projected to double in size by 2060, yet our water supplies are expected to decline by 20%. Drought conditions and stiff watering restrictions have forced us to learn how to make the most of what we have. For many of us, we are actually learning how to take better care of our lawns. Our Plano irrigation system service has gathered some top watering tips from txwb.texas.gov, and would like to share these highlights with you:
- Choose plants best adapted to your soil and climate conditions – Take time to learn a few things about your area’s soil conditions and consider the climate as well. Your local nursery or irrigation system service should be able to help you determine which plants will fare well in your area.
- Look up grasses that will complement your needs – Some grasses fare better in the shade than other grasses, and some fare better under high foot traffic conditions than others. You can also find grasses that vary in degrees of required maintenance, watering needs, and soil type. Go with a grass that suits your needs best.
- Minimize evaporation with mulch – Pull up any weeds you notice, as soon as possible to prevent them from leeching water from the soil that could be better used on other plants. Also, mulch helps minimize water lost to evaporation. Mulch also helps prevent weeds from growing.
- Know your lawn’s actual watering needs – The Texas Water Development Board states that when plants are healthy and properly irrigated, only about 1 inch of water per week is needed in the Summer time. The water should soak into the soil about 4 to 6 inches. You can use either a screwdriver or soil probe to measure this distance.
- Water deeply and infrequently to establish stronger roots – Healthy plants have strong root systems, and can go with much less water than plants with shallow roots. The way to help plants establish strong root systems is to water deeply and infrequently.
- Consider drip irrigation or lower-output sprinkler heads – Avoid sprinkler heads that spray too fine a mist. To minimize water lost to evaporation, the lower to the ground and the bigger the drops, the better. Drip irrigation systems or lower-output sprinkler heads will also allow you to water more deeply with less water used.
We hope you’ve taken away some good tips from here that you can start using today. Water conservation in Texas is a big group effort, and knowledge is the best motivator. To learn more about the current water situation in Texas and how it can impact our future and the future of our children, read our post and also follow up on news at The Texas Water Development Board’s site listed below. Please feel free to call us up with any questions you have, or simply leave your comments here. We service Plano irrigation systems and irrigation systems in surrounding cities.