Lawn and Garden Watering Tips For Saving Money
Green lawns and gardens are beautiful. Here are watering tips to keep the lawn green without draining your wallet. Save money while saving water.
According to the EPA, more than nine BILLION gallons of water are used for lawn care every day and as much as 50 percent is WASTED through inefficient watering. That is a LOT of water wasted.
No matter where you live, water conservation is extremely important, especially in areas where drought conditions may be prevalent. Sprinkler and drip irrigation systems are two of the most efficient and economical ways to help get yard, flower beds and gardens looking their best.
Lawn Watering Tips
- Don’t drown – The greatest waste of water comes from applying too much, too often. Water a few times for shorter periods and take 15-minute breaks. This will allow water to soak in and minimize runoff.
- Watch the clock – The best time to water is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mid-day watering is less efficient due to evaporation and windy conditions. Evening watering means leaves remain wet and can grow fungus.
- Water only things that grow – If you are using a sprinkler, make sure to not water sidewalks and driveways. Sprinklers should spray large droplets of water to minimize evaporation and wind drift.
- Divide by zones – Different plants need different amounts of water. By using separate irrigation zones, grass can be watered separately and more frequently than groundcovers, shrubs and trees.
- Do routine inspections – Periodically check your sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged head or a torn line can wreak havoc on your landscape and water bill.
- Timing is everything – Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change. Or better yet, install the Rain Bird Smart Irrigation WiFi Timer. Turn on the Automatic Seasonal Adjust and the controller’s daily watering schedule will change based on the season as well as local weather, temperature and humidity. Automatic Seasonal Adjustments can reduce water usage by as much as 30 percent, conserving water and saving homeowners money all year long.
I love my WiFi enabled home devices. We have a wi-fi enabled thermostat and it has saved us so much money and energy. With just the touch of a button we are able to adjust the temperature of our home and optimize the use of our homes energy. Now there is a WiFi enabled irrigation timer for home use.
An Irrigation WiFi Timer
Simply install the Rain Bird Smart Irrigation WiFi Timer, download the free Rain Bird Mobile App, answer a few questions and start saving water, time and money. The easy-to-use App lets you customize each sprinkler zone and uses your WiFi network to access local weather conditions. By simply turning on Automatic Seasonal Adjust, the controller’s daily watering schedule will change based on the season as well as local weather, temperature and humidity. Automatic Seasonal Adjustments can reduce water usage by as much as 30 percent, conserving water and saving homeowners money all year long. Don’t you just love technology?
The indoor timer includes an easy-to-read LCD screen and the ability to manage up to eight watering zones. The outdoor version is protected by a heavy-duty all-weather case. Both irrigation timers are available now at home centers, hardware stores, and online retailers. For additional product information, visit http://wifi.rainbird.com.
Enter To Win
Want to incorporate some of these changes into your own landscape? And for free? Enter the Rain Bird Rain Delay Sweepstakes beginning March 22, 2017 (World Water Day) and running through May 1, 2017. The Twitter sweepstakes, Rain Bird’s Rain Delay, asks consumers to tweet a photo or message to @RainBirdCorp, using #RainBirdSweepstakes sharing how they pass the time when caught in the rain—whether at a baseball game, golf outing, kids soccer game or just out running errands. Each week one random winner will receive the Smart Irrigation Timer. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $3,500 professionally-installed Rain Bird in-ground sprinkler system with multiple zones, drip irrigation and Rain Bird’s new WiFi Timer. Full Details here.
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