Summer has arrived. Because of the warmer temperatures, people will be spending more and more time outdoors working on their lawns and gardens. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), municipal water use doubles in the summer months. Much of the increased demand for water can be attributed to lawn and garden watering.
During the summer, some municipalities declare restrictions on lawn and garden watering. A water restriction does not mean that your lawn or garden is doomed. In fact, there are a number of ways to maintain a healthy lawn and garden while minimizing water use. Here are some tips:
· Water is often applied inefficiently, resulting in waste due to over-watering, evaporation or run-off. To prevent this:
- *Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation
*Water on calm days to prevent wind drift and evaporation
*Set up your sprinkler or hose to avoid watering surfaces that do not need water, such as patios or driveways
*Water slowly to avoid runoff and to ensure the soil absorbs the water
*Regularly check your watering equipment for leaks or blockagesLawn Tips
· Watering your lawn at an infrequent, slow rate is better than frequent, shallow watering because it encourages deep roots.
· Do not cut your lawn shorter than 6-8 cm. Set the blade so that at least 6-8 cm of grass remains as the roots will be shaded and be able to hold water better than shorter grass.
· Aerate your lawn in the fall or early spring to improve water penetration.
· In the garden, apply a layer of mulch about 5 to 7.5 cm deep. This helps retain moisture, moderate soil temperature, control erosion and suppress weeds.
*There are a number of materials that can be used for mulching. Wood chips, bark and crushed rock are just a few examples.
· Try a soaker hose place at the base of plants instead of a sprinkler for watering.
*A soaker waters the soil and roots rather than the leaves, and it reduces evaporation.
Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.