As the sweltering summer heat creeps over your Wheaton landscaping, it’s time to start watering! Wilting plants and browning grass are all symptoms of summer that can be preventable with constant watering, but, smart watering is just as effective and can save your wallet. No one likes the fat water bills that are synonymous with summer lawn care and landscaping. Follow along as we point out five tips to keep your lawn looking great, your plants healthy, while not breaking the bank with summer water bills.
Summer Lawn Care Water Saving Tips
1. Choose the Proper Tools – While shopping for sprinklers, watering wands or soaker hoses, pay close attention to water conservation. Ask for help if you’re uncertain which waterers at your local home improvement store conserve water. The goal is to purchase sprinklers and waterers that will provide adequate watering, while preventing over-soaking, waste water runoff and evaporation due to improper watering.
2. Don’t Overwater – Too much water can be deadly for your plants and grass. For most Wheaton, IL lawns, roughly an inch of water per week during the height of the summer season is adequate, and an inch or slightly more for most types of plants and shrubs. Again, overwatering is unhealthy, but also bad for your water bill.
3. Water where it Counts! – Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners tend to waste water on their landscaping and gardens by focusing on the plants’ foliage. Watering your plants’ leaves helps to remove dust and dirt, but does little to help your plants grow strong and healthy. Focus on the roots! When watering shrubs and trees, water deeply and don’t worry about watering too much further than the canopy radius, as most of their roots don’t spread beyond the canopy radius.
4. Bad Mulch, Bad Mulch! – Although mulch is great for retaining moisture and preventing water evaporation; too much mulch can prevent water from reaching your plants’ roots. Two ways to prevent mulch from interfering with your watering are to leave a gap of no mulch around the plant at roughly the same size as the canopy radius, and make sure your mulch layer isn’t too deep.
5. Moisture Test Anyone? – Confused if you’re overwatering or under watering your lawn, plants and garden? An easy way to determine if you’re doing too much or too little is to conduct a moisture test of your soil. A moisture test can save you some green in hefty water bills.
Water conservation is not only great for the environment, but eliminating overwatering of your lawn, landscape, plants, trees and shrubs during the hot Wheaton summers will cut down on your water bill. Adequate watering will keep your lawn looking vibrant and green without wasting water. The above five money saving tips for watering during the summer are a great starter, but if you need help, give Schmitt’s Landscape Company a call! We’re a local Wheaton landscaping company that has been serving the Wheaton, Aurora, North Aurora, Glen Ellyn, Batavia and Naperville communities for over 35 years!