It’s easy to waste water on landscape management, even in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Most home owners associations have guidelines for landscaping design, but not many place restrictions on water usage. By implementing the following water saving tips you can reduce the amount of water waste your home produces and hopefully become an example for the rest of the neighborhood.
1. Get the Gear
Many home owners waste water simply by using wasteful water delivery systems. Specialty sprinkler systems use smart controllers, timers, and high-efficiency nozzles to make sure you’re watering where you want, when you want. Plan your landscaping design for water management.
2. Water Correctly
When it comes to lawns, knowing how much to water and when is important, especially for HOA landscaping maintenance. For freshly seeded lawns, water for five minutes roughly 3 – 4 times a day. Once your lawn is established, water for 10 – 20 minutes every other day. During the hot months, remember to water in the early morning or late evening to avoid evaporation.
3. Try Drip Irrigation
There is no need to water the entire flower bed when shrubs and trees only need water directly at their roots. The best way to eliminate water waste is to utilize drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is a system of hoses with small holes or nozzles that snake through the beds delivering water only to specific plants.
4. Check Outdoor Faucets
It’s easy to spot a leak in a bathroom or kitchen faucet, but outdoor leaks are much harder to notice. Check your outdoor faucets, hoses and sprinklers every month or two to make sure there aren’t any leaks. If you find a leak, get the unit replaced or repaired immediately.
5. Use Rainwater
Collecting and using rainwater for landscape management and maintenance is one of the best ways you can reduce wasting water. Direct downspouts into rain barrels and use the water for gardening or house plants.