Tips to Conserve Water

Nearly 70 % of California is considered to be in extreme drought, while Texas recently experienced flooding amounts of rain.  No matter the weather, we should ALL treat our water as the precious resource that it is since it's the most vital resource on earth.  Here are some easy tips to conserve:

1. Compost rather than feeding the garbage disposal

Compost - 8 by szczel/CC BY
Compost - 8 by szczel/CC BY

In-sink garbage disposal contraptions require a lot of water to fulfill their purpose.  Instead, add your food scraps (non-meat, non-dairy) to the compost bin! Here is a great article we wrote about composting 101 if you are unfamiliar with why everyone should compost anyway.

2. Turn off the tap

Turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth instead of letting it run the whole time saves a great deal of water.  Just how much water can this simple good habit save?  The average faucet releases two gallons of water per minute, you can save up to 4 gallons of water every day, per person by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth (if you brush for the recommended two minutes).

*Likewise for men, rinse your razor in a pool of water in a stoppered sink or cup rather than under running water.

3. Fix Leaking Faucets

A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!

4. Harvest Rainwater

Funnel the rainwater from your gutters into a barrel or cistern and save it for a sunny day.  Rainwater is free and is better for your plants because it doesn't contain hard minerals.

Remember that a rain barrel doesn't have to be an eye-sore either.  They can be integrated in the landscape design behind a large bush or lattice climbing vines, or even decorative wine barrels often make excellent features out in the open landscape.

5. Regulate Your Automatic Sprinkler System

-Another big waste of water comes from a sprinkler system that does not have a rain sensor.  In fact, due to city ordinances we are required to install rain sensors on all sprinkler systems we service.

6. Water-Wise Landscapes & Maintenance

- Plant water-efficient and drought-tolerant grass and plants that are native to your area.  We have written a blog suggesting many beautiful native and drought-tolerant plants to help you get started.

- Time of Day to Water: If you need to water your lawn or plants -  only water in the early morning or late evening.  Otherwise, the water could simply evaporate due to mid-day heat.

- Conserve water moisture by using mulch.  Using mulch around your trees, shrubs, and plants will make them more tolerant to heat, reduce runoff, retain moisture, moderate soil temperature, slow weed growth, reduce erosion, and make your landscape more beautiful with less maintenance needs.

Living Expression Landscapes can design an attractive, water-wise landscape for you.  See our photo gallery or call us for a consultation today.