Smart Irrigation Month Part 1: Save Water and Money
July is Smart Irrigation Month, and whether the motivation is to help the environment or the pocket book, both will benefit from using less water in a smart way. If you are looking to save water but don’t have the time or budget to install an irrigation system, here are five easy tricks you can do to start conserving now.
Five Simple Ways to Conserve Water
- Rise and Shine Watering – The best time to water, especially on hot days, is in the early morning. Watering in the afternoon requires more water because much of it can evaporate before it reaches the roots. Watering plants in the evening can promote fungus and mildew growth.
- Mulch is Your Friend – The benefits of mulch are three-fold: it helps water retention, helps control weeds, and as it breaks down adds nutrients to the soil. Mulch comes in many forms, the most recognizable is bark dust or wood chips. Other forms of mulch include; nut shells, straw, pine needles as well as some non-organic materials such as lava rock and rubber mulch. In Oregon, we have plenty of options when it comes to mulch, so let us know if you need help determining the best type for your landscape.
- Over-Watering is the Enemy – Watering in the morning and mulching helps but a lot of water is wasted by just letting the sprinkler run. A programmable timer that hooks up to a hose is an easy and effective way to water just enough at the right time without having to think about it. Be sure to shut it off if the weather report predicts some summer rain.
- Native Plants Need Less – When choosing plants, look for drought-tolerant species that can survive with minimal watering. Native plants are a good choice since they have had ages to become accustomed to the natural weather cycle in your area. If you like native plants, we’ve also published a past post about attracting hummingbirds to your landscape.
- Weeds are the Worst – Weeds are certainly undesirable for aesthetic reasons but they also use up the valuable resources in the soil, especially water. Mulch does help but it will still take a bit of elbow grease to keep weeds from invading the space and drinking the water that is intended for your plants.
Other Ways to Conserve Water
Just doing these simple things will help save water with minimal investment and are a great start. If you are looking for a more comprehensive way to conserve water, consider an irrigation and or a water-harvesting system. All Oregon Landscaping has experts in landscape design and implementation. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help you determine what the best options are for you. We work with only the best in irrigation and are happy to provide customers with customized irrigation plans fit for their landscape. Smart Irrigation Month is the perfect opportunity to start saving water and money. We work anywhere in the Portland area including; Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, West Linn, Oregon City, Gresham, Vancouver, Sherwood, and more.
If you’ve got questions on irrigation, feel free to give us a ring or shoot us an email.