Regardless of where you’re located, these tips for saving water this summer will help you conserve while still allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces.
Saving water is good for the planet and our peace of mind but, how do you combine being water wise with keeping things green around your outdoor living spaces?
Helpful Tips for Saving Water
Tip One: Lawn Care Concerns
Mowing, watering, raking, and general lawn care takes a lot of work, and a lot of water. Xeriscaping is defined as landscaping that requires little or no water.
Xeriscaping areas of your lawn that require the most work (as in, the most sun) can significantly reduce your workload as well as your water bill. Try to keep a bit of green in your yard, though, as this helps to keep things cool.
If you really love your lawn, try a few tips to cut back on water.
- Let your lawn grow a bit longer before cutting
- Water sparingly later at night (with automatic sprinklers)
- Use a mulching blade to provide nutrients and retain water.
Keep in mind that one inch of water per week should be enough to keep your grass healthy and green. When choosing new grass, whether reseeding or putting in turf, look for drought-resistant varieties that don’t need a lot of water or care.
Tip Two: Smart Gardens around Vinyl Patios
Gardens are a great source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They can grow flowers to beautify your space – but all this growth requires water. Being smart about your vinyl patio garden lets you use less water and grow your plants more efficiently. Drip irrigation is one way to reduce water, as well as making sure your soil is able to hold water when needed.
Tip Three: Perfect Pools
If your vinyl patio surrounds a deep blue swimming pool, then nice! However, pools are water hogs. Reducing water evaporation when you have a pool can go a long way. Use a pool cover, reduce the temperature, fix leaks, and lower the water level of your pool. Finally, reduce the use of pool toys that use a lot of water (such as waterslides).
Tip Four: Smart Choices
Forth on our list of tips for saving water is making intelligent plant and landscape choices. This can reduce your water consumption by cutting water needed and retain water when it’s applied. Mulch is one addition that can make a difference to help cut back on evaporation. Look for drought-resistant plants and grasses, use automatic watering, and limit pruning so new growth doesn’t use excessive resources.
Tip Five: Recycling
Recycling cuts back on water too, which is why choosing sustainable vinyl decking is a terrific choice. Besides using fewer resources throughout its lifespan, your vinyl patio surface can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. How’s that for water wise?
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