2012-07-06 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

How To Conserve When Watering Your Lawn And Garden
by Danielle McShane Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

Did you know that the average American uses approximately 168 gallons of water each day, and enough water to fill two Olympic-size swimming pools each year? Although 80 percent of the earth is covered with water, less than one percent is available for human consumption, and globally, as many as one in six people do not have regular access to safe drinking water. This seems like a pretty big problem to cure, so how can just one person help?

Fortunately, there are simple ways to reduce excess water use by making small changes in our lives. The American Water Works Association estimates that we can cut our water use by 35 percent by installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking sprinkler heads and valves for leaks. Updated irrigation systems can help you save water and money! Be sure to water only your lawn, not the street, sidewalk, driveway or passers-by.

Rain senors can be installed on your automatic sprinklers to override the scheduled

watering if adequate rainfall has occurred, and timing devices should be adjusted each season as weather conditions change.

Water your lawn only when necessary by giving it a few deep soakings rather than more frequent sprinkling. The morning is the best time because temperatures are at their lowest, so evaporation is reduced by 30 percent, compared to mid-day watering. An easy way to tell if your lawn is thirsty is to walk across the grass.

If you leave footprints, its time to water! Use mulch around the plants and shrubs in your garden, and set your lawn mower a notch higher to preserve moisture and promote deep root growth.

Using a pool cover can prevent up to 90 percent of pool evaporation, and a water-saving pool filter reduces water loss.

If we all work together, conservation can save thousands of gallons of water, per person, each year! Each of us should do our part in saving the environment, because we can make a difference.

Please feel free to write to us with gardening questions or tips for our readers at:

Danielle’s Rockaway Florist, 436 Beach 129 Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

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