A sprinkler system makes taking care of grass and gardens easy. You don't have to take any time out of your day to give your yard a drink, and there is no need to worry about when and how much it rains on any given day. Once your sprinkler system is in place, there are some things you can do to save water (and therefore money!) as well as reduce the wear and tear and minimize the need for repairs. Consider one or more of these effective options:
Incorporate Dry Landscaping
One of the easiest ways to save water and money as well as reduce the wear and tear on your sprinkler system is to incorporated features that don't require any watering. Instead of maintaining a yard full of grass, consider creating a dry landscape design or two with the help of these ideas:
You'll find that these options create a modern look and feel, and can even keep mosquitoes from hovering in your yard.
Plant a Few Deciduous Trees
Deciduous trees are full of leaves during the summer months, which helps to protect your gardens and grass from drying out or getting burned, which reduces the amount of water needed to keep everything alive and thriving. Trees planted near windows that get direct sunlight can help reduce your air conditioning use too. Some great options to consider planting include:
Planting trees in your yard can even increase your property value by up to 20 percent, which can come in handy during appraisals, when applying for a second mortgage, or when selling the home.
Implement Solar Water Features
There are a variety of solar water features, such as waterfalls and mini sprinklers, available on the market that can be used in small ponds and gardens to help cut down on the use of your sprinkler system. Creating an above ground pond to use with your water feature is easy to do by simply putting a plastic tub designed for ponds right on the ground where you want to your feature to be. Then line the outside of the tub with large rocks to make it look natural, and put a small plastic stand in the middle of the pond liner that protrudes above the water line.
Place your solar water feature on the stand in the middle of the pond, fill the pond up, and hook your water feature up so it uses the pond's water to filter the water and keep it moving. Your water feature will keep the area around it moist so you don't have to water it as often.
You can also set your pond up to deliver water to neighboring plants and grass so you don't have to pay for county water to keep things watered. This can be done by installing a plastic garden tube near the top of your pond so that excess water (from rain or drains through the tube and into your garden or a small grassy area.
Have Your System Inspected
If your sprinkler system is worn or in need of repair, you can be looking at a lot of lost water and failed watering attempts. So, it's important to have your system inspected by a professional at least once a year so it can be tuned up and any noticeable problems can be tended to. Your service provider can also replace your nozzles and irrigation accessories with updated versions if they're available during an inspection.
With these tips and tricks in place, you're sure to have a beautiful yard without a lot of expense or maintenance on your part.
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