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Watering your lawn in North Texas can become a costly endeavor when the summer heat lasts well into the fall months. This is even more true when the heat is coupled with low, or no, rainfall. Recently, cities across DFW have implemented water conservation measures such as watering on specific days, and for shorter amounts of time, to ensure less consumption of water.
There are some ways you can conserve water, lower your water bill, and still have a lush, green lawn. For most residential lawns in the DFW area, watering is done through sprinkler systems, hand watering, and/or drip watering systems. It’s important to remember that watering in the morning is recommended because watering at night can cause fungus growth.
Hand watering allows you to control the amount of water you use in all areas of your lawn, flower beds, or other areas. However, it can be time consuming and cumbersome in the hot North Texas summers. As an alternative, use a rain barrel, or other collection device, to catch rainfall and runoff from downspouts. Rainwater can be used for plants and flowers and is usually healthier for your plants than tap water. Just make sure the barrel has a good cover, or screen, to inhibit mosquitos.
An automatic sprinkler system is what many in DFW use to water their lawns. It can be set on a timer but must be adjusted or turned off when there is rainfall to avoid unnecessary watering. Portable sprinklers can be more convenient than hand watering but still need to be moved periodically to avoid overwatering.
A drip irrigation system is good for a small lawn or for watering individual plants. The drip system applies the least amount of water over a longer period-of-time which works well for areas that may otherwise be easily eroded by hand watering or sprinkler systems.
No matter how you water your lawn, one of the best ways to monitor water usage is through rain or moisture sensors. These sensors can trigger your watering system to shut down to avoid unnecessary watering until the need for more water is detected. If you’re not familiar with rain or moisture sensors and need help with installation, All Seasons Landcare can help. As licensed irrigation experts with many years of experience, All Seasons can also design a custom watering system to specifically meet your needs to save you money now and for years to come.
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