At Sprinkler Warehouse we take Earth Day seriously! We know that without Mother Earth and all of her beauty we wouldn’t be able to stay in business! We owe her a great deal of gratitude! To show our gratitude we have put together an Earth Day Sale that is running on the homepage of www.sprinklerwarehouse.com offering deep discounts on some of our most “environmentally friendly” products.
In addition to offering great deals on earth-friendly products we’d like to share with you all a few our our favorite tips for keeping mother earth a greener, more happy place for us all to share.
We all know that water conservation is very important and it will only grow to be more and more so as time goes on. But water savings do not have to come at a great sacrifice, there are ways to conserve water without even thinking about it!
Install a new Smart Sprinkler controller – By switching sprinkler controllers not only can you save significantly on your water bill but you can also get a whole bunch of added features to save you time, money, and headaches. The latest generation of sprinkler controllers offer the ability to connect to be remote controlled from a smart phone or tablet connect to weather forecasting services as well as incorporating a variety of sensors to prevent over watering or unnecessary use of water.
Don’t fertilize in spring or summer, save it for fall – Fertilizer can be a big help on the way to a lush and green lawn. However, If water conservation is on your mind, your city is experiencing a drought or your community has rules against watering, it is best that you leave the fertilization task on your fall to-do list. Fertilizers require a great deal of water to be effective in bolstering a plants health. A good alternative is a fertigation system that applies fertilizers through the sprinkler system itself during normal watering schedules.
Mulch your clippings instead of bagging them – By choosing to not bag and remove clippings from the lawn those mulched up remains of grass blades will help to preserve moisture in the ground as well as deliver nutrition back the plants. Additionally mulched lawns absorb water better and suffer less from erosion. Another excellent benefit of mulching is that the mulch develops a mat which excludes light from penetrating thereby preventing the germination of (many varieties) of weeds. Fewer weeds = less competition for nutrients and moisture.
Aerate your lawn – Aerating your lawn creates small holes in the surface of the ground which allows water and oxygen down into the root systems of the grass. Lawns that are aerated regularly (once or twice a season) require a less water than do those which have not been aerated.
Check your water meter to check for leaks – Yards with in-ground sprinkler systems can be prone un-evidenced leaks. You could have a leaky faucet or valve connection with little or no evidence that water is being lost. If you live in a part of the country where water is metered, use the meter to determine if water is being lost. Shut of all water sources and write down the amount note the amount of water used on your meter. Allow 10 minutes and check if the number has changed to determine if there is a slow leak. Alternatively there is usually a leak indicator built into most water meters that (if spinning) indicates a leak in the system.
Create a compost pile instead of using the in-sink garbage disposal – Garbage disposals are a very handy part of modern living, however, they are big-time water wasters and they fill the pipes with solid matter that requires a great deal of water to move down line. Whenever possible discard scraps into a compost system or compost pile instead of sending them down the drain.
Adjust sprinklers to only water grass and not cement – over time rotor style sprinklers (and other styles too) will fall out of adjustment and the result is portions of the yard being watered which do not require water (i.e. sidewalks, decks, rock gardens etc.) Adjust all sprinklers to only water the necessary areas.
Deep-soak your lawn every once in a while (tuna can worth) – It is recommended that every once in a while you allow your lawn to get a deep-soak watering. Because different soil types and sprinkler systems vary so greatly we cannot say how long the water should be ran to achieve the desired results, but it is recommended that you take a tuna fish sized can and place it in the yard in an place where it can catch regular water from the sprinklers. Once the can has been filled to the top, that is likely enough water to achieve the desired results. Frequent deep-soaking allows the water to get down into the roots where the water is needed most.
Rain Barrel Catch system – Install a rain barrel water capture system to collect rainwater that comes off your roof. Use this water in your flower pots and other plants instead of watering with hose water.
Drip irrigation system for flowers and plants – Installation of a soaker hose or drip system in and around flower beds and gardens will greatly reduce the amount of over-watering. Drip systems can also be integrated with a rain-barrel catch system to use the captured water instead of fresh water.
Cut it high – Never cut more than 1/3 of the total length off of the grass. Cutting grass too short is one of the most commonly made mistakes by homeowners. They want to get a nice short “golf course” style cut and end up damaging the lawn.