5 Great Ways to Use Water Wisely

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One very important aspect of Earth Friendly Living that is too often overlooked is water conservation. In an effort to use water wisely, eco-friendly people demonstrate their concern and awareness of the drought people, plants, and animals face in different parts of the world. Selfless watering is achieved through observation of caring frugality when using water to nurture plants and crops. A few economical options for wise watering are recycling rain water, using rain and freeze sensors, xeriscaping, mulch, and drip irrigation systems.

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One very important aspect of Earth Friendly Living that is too often overlooked is water conservation. In an effort to use water wisely, eco-friendly people demonstrate their concern and awareness of the drought people, plants, and animals face in different parts of the world. Selfless watering is achieved through observation of caring frugality when using water to nurture plants and crops. A few economical options for wise watering are recycling rain water, using rain and freeze sensors, xeriscaping, mulch, and drip irrigation systems.

Recycle Rain Water

Many homeowners don’t understand how easy it is to recycle rain water. There are many products and instructional videos available that help you have the items and knowledge necessary to reuse precious rain water. Rain barrels are one of the most common ways of recycling water. Because water conservation is so important, water districts have been known to give away or subsidize rain barrels to any willing person or party. If your water district does not offer rain barrels, they can also be found in just about every garden catalog.

Rain barrels come in many shapes and sizes ranging from the common 70 gallon blue tanks to decorative “urns” made of polyethylene. Rain barrels are not only efficient, but they are also very simple to use. By placing a barrel or drum under your rain gutter downspout, you will be able to collect huge amounts of usable water for immediate or later use. Rain barrels make it easy to store an emphatic supply of water, or to be elevated and used to supply water to a garden or lawn. You can even attach a drip irrigation system to rain barrels for hands-free watering which is also a great way to use water wisely.

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Rain and Freeze Sensors

If April showers bring May flowers, then it’s about time to start using a rain and freeze sensor for your irrigation system. If you have an automatic irrigation system set to water your lawn, attaching a rain and freeze sensor is a wise way to save water. Not only do Rain and Freeze Sensors help save the planet, they are also very cost effective. By detecting rainfall and upcoming frost, an Orbit rain sensor sends a signal to your sprinkler system delaying the watering cycles or shutting them off completely until rainy or snowy conditions pass.

Drip Irrigation Systems

As far as garden watering goes, drip irrigation systems are a wise alternative to above and underground sprinkler systems. Drip systems cater directly to your plants so no water is lost to over-spray, evaporation, or run-off. When using a drip irrigation system, be aware of your watering times whether they are automatic or done manually. If possible, refrain from watering every day and keep watering times to the bare minimum.

Using Mulch

Also, implementing an organic weed control strategy by using proper mulch will ensure that your plants and crops are using as much water possible and none is being used by intruding weeds. Aside from weed control, mulch is great at absorbing water making it more available for plants. Without healthy nutritious mulch, water can be lost to evaporation or used up by weeds.

Xeriscaping

And finally, eco-conscious individuals have been known to xeriscape their yard so that less water is used on a large lawn and more is spent on nurturing plants. Xeriscaping, also known as Hardscaping, is the process of designing a landscape that requires little or no irrigation or other maintenance. By swapping bushes or sections of grass out for decorative rock or gravel, you cut your water use down significantly which helps make the world a better place.

About Nate Armstrong

Nate Armstrong is a 20 year old guy from Utah. He is married to ONE woman and together, they have a dog. He is the mind behind Sprinkler Juice and blogs about all things landscaping and gardening. To keep up with Nate's tweets, Follow Him on Twitter.

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