With July here, summer is bearing down on Florida towing its fiery chariot with heat at the reigns. People should seriously consider smart lawn watering, rainwater storage and plant maintenance using other methods. Approximately 7.8 billion gallons of water, is devoted to outdoor uses. The majority of this is used for irrigation. That equates to a larger utility and sewer bill.
Tips from the St. Johns River Water Management District and the EPA include watering your lawn wisely, utilize rainwater to your benefit, landscape smart and how to make sure you aren't wasting water in your home.
Your lawn should only be watered in the early morning or late evening when needed. If you step on your lawn and it springs back, water is not needed. At most laws should be watered twice a week to prevent disease, shallow roots and fertilizer leeching into the groundwater. Of course, if it rains you can shut off your sprinklers. The less your sprinklers run the more water and energy you save. Also, concrete doesn't need watering. Ensure your sprinklers are focused on the lawn and not the road or sidewalks.
One watering option for garden, lawns and plants is Micro-irrigation. This type of watering has many benefits to your lawn the water supply and your wallet. Micro-irrigation uses about 1/6th the water of normal sprinklers, is much more focused by applying the water to the root areas of plants and complies with most water management regulations.
Lastly, you can save time, effort, water, money and your weekends by mowing you lawn less often. Paul James of HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard suggests letting your grass grow and keeping it taller than your neighbors. This is good for the grass because it’s less stress than being cut short, it helps retain the water it gets, the shade provided helps to prevent evaporation and lastly it doesn’t need mowing as often.
Another great way to use the free resources provide to you is by using rain barrels. The City of Palm Bay offers workshops to build and maintain your own rain barrels. You may have similar programs set up by your city to take advantage of free water falling out of the sky too.
Hopefully these tips help you to lower your utilities and sewer bills.