Watering your lawn and garden

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    There are many watering devices that can help you maintain your plants but there are also many ways to reduce your water usage.

    Depending on where you live and how you get your water the amount you use could add up costing you a lot of money by the end of the growing season.

    Proper care in design and plant choice will lower your water costs but also the time you need to spend taking care of your Plants and Lawn.
    Mulch
    Mulch is not only a decorative material but it is also a very important tool in keeping your soil and plants moist. If you will be planting a ornamental garden of plants, trees and bushes you should also invest in a good amount of top quality tree bark mulch.
    Stop cutting during a drought

    One of the most important things to remember is to stop all pruning and grass cutting when the temperatures get over about 90F.

    Think about it when its hot out you don’t like to do a lot of work and a little shade during the day is a comfort. The same is true for your plants and grass. If you continue to cut your lawn it will reduce the amount of shade that the grass gives itself.

    Yes that’s right when grass gets about 6″ tall it will shade its own roots from the sun.
    Sprinklers

    During the summer droughts you may have need for adding large amounts of water to your lawn. The best method is a sprinkler system. If you believe the need will be continual you may want to invest in a in ground automated sprinkler system. The automated systems can be set to apply water just before daylight during off peak hours by use of a timer system. Some water companies may offer discounts for water usage during off hours but you will need a special water meter that tracks usage times.

    Sprinklers that are attached to garden hoses are also a great way to get a lot of water to your lawn.

    When your lawn looks like it is about to give up you probably still have a chance to save it.

    The first thing you have to do is stop walking on it and start watering it. A circulating sprinkler will put out a good amount of water but you need to water long enough for the water to reach the roots. This means that at least a half an hour early in the morning, even before the sun comes up is best.

    You need to water enough that you think you are watering too much and do this for about a week. You should see new growth in most areas and places that have dead spots will eventually fill in if you continue to water. 

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