We have been sharing some of our tried-and-true water saving tips with you, in the last year. Since the drought in the Bay Area and around California may continue this year, we will continue to offer you expert advice on how to take care of your landscape under drought conditions. Look at the Drought-Tolerant Gardening section on our Blog for more information. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Know your Plants: Get to know your plants’ needs and you can save both time and money. Adjust your sprinkler systems or hand-watering schedule to give them just enough to fill their needs without wasting water.
Lawn Care: Grass is a very drought-tolerant plant and is able to thrive and survive (AND stay green!) with a minimal amount of water. We recommend watering your lawn 1-2 times a week.
Mulch: A nice, thick layer of bark mulch can go a long way towards conserving water in the garden. It traps water in the soil, slowing evaporation. It also offers insulation to plants, keeping roots cooler and less thirsty over time.
Plant Now: Winter is the best time to plant most plants, drought or not. But, in a drought, it is even more important. New plants usually need extra water during the first few months, post-planting. Your water will go much further and do more good now while the soil is cool, rather than waiting until May or June.
Water early: Water your plants in the cool parts of the day to minimize evaporation. Watch out for windy conditions because that can vastly contribute to water waste. Try to keep your hose close to the ground to prevent water from getting carried away.