It comes as no surprise that the average household often consumes more than double the water during the summer months. This is largely due to landscaping and irrigation, as everybody wants to have a lush, green lawn. As your water consumption increases, so too does your monthly utility bill. Fortunately, there are alternatives you can explore that help reduce monthly water costs while still enjoying the benefits of a beautiful yard all year long. One of the most impactful options is installation of a synthetic grass lawn at your home in Fresno. Other water-saving ideas focus on water use for potted plants or flower beds in your yard. Here are a few tips on how to save water – and money – this summer.
- Put Down Fresh Mulch
Mulch is a great way to hold moisture in soil and keep plants cool. Wood chips make for great mulch and are usually pretty easy to obtain. We recommend laying down a 2-inch layer in your planting beds to suppress weeds and slow evaporation. Break up the mulch every so often to keep it from crusting over, as this will prevent water from getting into the soil where it’s needed.
- Plant Native Foliage
Whether you’re an expert gardener or just discovering your green thumb, it should come as no surprise that plants thrive in their native environment. Stick with foliage that is native to the area you live in. To save on water, ask at your local nursery about drought-resistant plants.
- Reduce Runoff Through Careful Planning
Managing a slope can be difficult, but not impossible. Following the previous point, native plants that thrive with minimal care are a good choice, but you can also curb runoff by building permeable hardscapes out of stones or plants with dense root systems to create “edges” for your planting zones.
- Sweep, Don’t Spray
Instead of hosing off your deck, porch, driveway, or sidewalks, grab a broom and sweep debris away. By using a broom instead of the hose, you conserve water and lower your monthly bill.
- Watch the Skies
More specifically, you should watch the weather reports. Keeping to a regular watering schedule for your planting beds is a good idea, but if the forecast calls for rain, you can (and should) forego watering that day.
- Check for Leaks
If you have any kind of sprinkler or irrigation system in place, it’s important to make sure you aren’t wasting water via cracks in the hoses/pipes or leaky valves. Check your irrigation system regularly, especially if it is more than ten years old. Even with artificial grass, this will help keep flower beds and trees properly irrigated through the warm season.
- Replace Your Lawn
One of the best ways to save water during the summer months is to install a synthetic lawn. Fresno homeowners can reduce their water bill by more than 50 percent since artificial grass doesn’t need to be watered.
With a custom synthetic lawn design and professional installation from the experts at SYNLawn, you will be amazed at how much time and money you can save this summer. Contact us today for a FREE design consultation!