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How To Responsibly Use Sprinklers During A Drought

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Everyone wants a beautiful lawn -- but how do you maintain a lawn responsibly when there's a water shortage? Many areas are currently undergoing drought conditions, leaving homeowners wondering what they should do to both keep their lawn healthy and fulfill their environmental responsibilities. Luckily there are many ways you can reduce your water usage without killing your green grass.

Reduce Water Usage Over Time

Unfortunately, you simply won't be able to responsibly keep up your former watering schedule during a drought. Instead, you're usually asked to reduce the amount of water that you're using by around 20 to 40 percent. Plants are very efficient and can usually still thrive with this water reduction, but you shouldn't do it all at once. Reduce water usage by 10 percent a week until you've achieved the desired goal. This will encourage the grass roots to grow deeper.

Install a Smart Irrigation Unit

A smart irrigation unit connects to a service via WiFi to check on the weather patterns. When the watering is not needed, the smart irrigation unit will skip it. If you don't want to have to manually adjust your irrigation for weather each time, this can be a brilliant solution. Otherwise you can put your lawn sprinklers on a timed controller, check the weather each night and then set it appropriately.

Optimize the Sprinkler Heads

Make sure that your sprinkler heads aren't watering any areas unnecessarily. Sprinkler heads should be adjusted so that they do not spray water on walls, sidewalks, patios or other areas that do not need the excess water. You may also want to make sure that the existing sprinkler heads do not have unnecessary overlap. Your sprinkler installation company can help with this; if you don't feel confident fiddling with your sprinkler system, you may not want to, as it could cause a leak.

Mow Your Lawn Higher

Keeping your lawn between three to four inches -- rather than one or two inches -- will actually reduce the amount of water usage of your lawn, though the reverse might seem to be true. This is because a higher grass coverage will retain more water, keeping it from evaporating in the sun. 

Many environmental experts also suggest that homeowners replace as much of their grass as possible with ground cover, plants, patios and other yard features. Grass itself tends to be very "thirsty" when compared to other options. When properly setup, a lawn sprinkler system can be far less wasteful than manual watering with a hose, as it can automatically adjust for the lawn's needs.

To learn more, contact a company like Steeplechase with any questions or concerns you have.