Droughts and water shortages are pretty common in California. We have quite a history with droughts, too. The last drought we experienced was in 2011 and it was the worst drought ever in the recorded history of our state. The drought lasted a complete 6 years, officially ending in 2017. Droughts and water shortages are very damaging to everybody, especially plant life. This holds true for your gardens, lawns, and landscapes as well. The plants in your lawn need water to live. Water is their source of life. Water helps nourish them and keep them alive. The same water also enriches the soil with nutrients without which those plants would die off. Grass? Flowers? Shrubs? Trees? They all need water.
So, how can you make sure that your plants don’t die off in drought season or during water shortages? Well, it is simple enough. First, if you don’t already have one, you need to get a professionally installed sprinkler irrigation system for your garden or your lawn. Modern drip irrigation systems always work the best. Then, you just need to make sure that you are not wasting any water and saving as much of it as possible. Don’t worry, we have a few tips that will help you do exactly that.
Useful tips and tricks that will help you keep your garden alive
Just follow these simple tips to keep your lawn healthy in droughts and water shortages:
Tip 1: Check for leaks in the sprinkler system
Even small leaks waste a lot of water and all that wasted water will cost you both in money and the potential decline of your lawn’s health.
Tip 2: Water your lawn in the evenings
How does watering your lawn in the evenings help you save water? Well, you see, the sunsets in the evening and no sun in the sky means that the water that you just sprinkled all over your lawn will not evaporate away as fast as it will during the daytime when the sun is out.
Tip 3: Keep an eye out for any changes in the weather
Changes in the weather are hard to predict. You will need to adjust your irrigation systems according to any changes in the weather. This can include having to adjust the operating pressure of your sprinkler system as well.
Tip 4: Upgrade your irrigation system
You can also upgrade your irrigation system with automatic shutoff devices that will stop all irrigation operations when they are not needed. Such devices take into account various factors like rain, moisture, and humidity.
Tip 5: Change to drought-resistant plants
You can consider using drought-resistant plants to design (or redesign) your landscapes. There are many varieties of grass, flowers, shrubs, and trees, which don’t need a lot of water to survive. This is one solution that really works in the long run and also helps you save a lot of money.