Drought is a given, and water from traditional sources will be limited in the future, but homeowners and businesses can “find” more water through conservation, according to an environmental horticulturist.
In all the water education programs conducted through the Water University program at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, the goal is to facilitate behavior change, to get people to turn faucets and irrigation controllers off, especially in times of insufficient rainfall, Daniel Cunningham said.
Some other tips he offered include:
- Create healthy vibrant water-efficient landscapes without sacrificing aesthetics.
- Water only when needed.
- Water deeply to promote deep and healthy roots. Frequent watering does not encourage deep root growth.
- Water slowly for better absorption. Use drip wherever possible and the “cycle and soak” method.
- Maintain 2-4 inches of mulch in flower, groundcover, garden and shrub areas to hold the water for a longer period of time.
- Design for efficiency.
- Install irrigation systems for efficient use per state and local specifications.
- Water without creating runoff – “the concrete is growing fast enough already, it doesn’t need to be watered.”
- Check irrigation systems monthly and make repairs and adjustments when needed.
Cunningham said for more landscaping conservation information and ideas, go to https://Wateruniversity.tamu.edu
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