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Water can be one of your largest expenses if your landscaper is not offering proper irrigation management. Over our 20+ years in the industry, Landscape Geek Landscape Management has found that most properties are simply overwatering, and therefore wasting money. On average, when our crews begin managing the landscaping at a property, we save our clients 20%-30% on their water bills simply through proper irrigation management. Proper irrigation management can help save money in the following areas:
Proper water management also requires consistent monitoring of your sprinkler positioning and output. Make sure your water management professional is checking the coverage area and adjusting sprinklers accordingly. Sprinklers can be twisted to reduce waste and improve efficiency. Your water management team should also be monitoring weather patterns to avoid over or under-watering.
Avoid overwatering - Over-watering not only wastes resources, but can actually be detrimental to your landscape. Excessive water can wash away expensive fertilizers and pesticides, prevent oxygen from reaching the roots, and promote fungus development. Besides having a negative effect on the health and appearance of your landscape, over-watering is just bad for the environment. Below are some proven tips for conserving water and reducing your landscaping expenses as a result. Double-check that your water management team is doing all they can to avoid over-watering.
Rain & Wind Sensors - Utilize rain sensors, which delay watering when it rains, and make sure they are working properly. These sensors can detect when there is adequate water in the soil and are tremendously effective at saving water. Wind sensors can also be a great tool. They detect wind speeds and suspend watering to minimize loss. These tools should be used in conjunction with a knowledgeable water management team who can ensure they are working effectively for the needs of your landscape.
Seasonal Adjustments - You landscaping will have different water needs throughout the year. During times of rain and cool weather, watering times should be decreased and increase the watering times during times of dry and hot weather. Adjusting the run times is easy, however, a water management professional will understand the specific needs of the plants and trees on your property.
Water Audit - Have a water audit performed by a Certified Professional who can precisely measure the rate and uniformity of water distribution and make adjustments accordingly. Applying the proper amount of water based on your soil needs and species of plants will result in minimal waste and a healthy landscape.
Irrigation System Maintenance - Maximize efficiency by keeping your system in good working condition. Sprinkler heads need to be frequently adjusted and kept free of vegetation and debris that could interfere with the spray pattern. Broken, malfunctioning, and leaky parts need to be identified and replaced immediately to minimize waste.
Water Correctly - Watering at night or in the early morning hours reduces water loss which could be caused by high temperatures and wind. Apply only enough water at one time to reach the root zone and give sufficient time between waterings. This encourages your plants to be more draught tolerant and reduces the likelihood of fungal development.
Use Native Plants - Draught tolerant plants require substantially less water and this can drastically impact your water usage and your water bill. In addition, applying a layer of mulch can help retain moisture and reduce water needs.
Our environmentally focused standards not only include water efficiency, but energy conservation as well. Conservation can be interchanged with efficiency and efficiency is good for business. In addition to creating lower long term water and energy costs for our clients, we also work to preserve the earths resources and protect our natural environment.
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