With spring well underway, and hopeful April showers bringing May flowers, some of you may be doing a little bit of spring cleaning around the yard. In doing such, below are some ideas on water conservation practices for your landscaped areas.
1. Use less-than-thirsty plants in your garden. Keep turf grass (the thirstiest plant of all!) to a minimum. Look for plants that are well-suited to regional and local conditions.
2. Group plants thoughtfully. When selecting trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and annuals for your garden, look for those that naturally grow together and use about the same amount of water.
3. Use water wisely. Water plants only when needed, not by the clock or calendar. Water in the morning, when evaporation is much lower and air cooler. Avoid runoff and overspray.
4. Improve your soil. Routinely cultivate your soil, incorporating organic matter such as compost. Doing so improves the soil’s ability to resist evaporation and retain moisture. Aerate heavy or compacted soil around trees.
5. Mulch. A two-to four-inch layer of mulch also evens out temperature extremes, keeps soil cool on hot days and warm on cool days. It also prevents soil from crusting, allowing better water penetration.
6. Plant trees. Trees help lower air and soil temperatures, reducing plant and soil moisture loss.
Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
WATER CONSERVATION TIP
Capture water: You know when you turn on your tap water and you are waiting for the water to warm up? Well this would be a great time to capture that water in a watering can or bucket. The water can then be used to water indoor and outdoor plants. Remember, every drop counts!