Florida has been experiencing a drought, as if we didn’t all know. Not only Florida, but the entire US. Yes, we have seen some recent rain, but it is not enough to relieve the drought. True, it isn’t near as bad as The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, but it could get that way!
Drought doesn’t just affect your lawn – it affects our water supply. Have you been to the springs lately? Or the river? Or the lake? You will notice that the water level is significantly lower. There are three causes for this.
1. Little rain fall – the less rain we get, the less rain goes into our aquifer, replenishing our organic water source.
2. Water usage – because there is less rain to naturally water our lawns and plants, we are using more water from the ground to keep them looking good.
3. Diversion – over the course of the last 50 years, our water sources have been diverted to areas that have a deeper aquifer or little to no available ground water.
How can you help?
- Set up a timer/irrigation system – when you set up an irrigation system on a timer, you use less water, and the water you use is not wasted.
- Water overnight – if you water your lawn and garden after dusk and set the timer to stop around 2 a.m. at the latest, the water you have used will soak into the ground, rather than be evaporated into the air.
- Timing – although the ground is parched, only water an area up to 2 hours a day. Better yet, alternate days (2-3 days a week.)
- Limited water use – whether showering or brushing your teeth, limit how much water you use in everyday tasks.
- Water conservation appliances – install and use water conservation appliances, such as low-flow toilets and water restricters. Timers placed on pumps can not only save water, but also energy costs because you know when you are and are not at your home.
These are just a few ideas that can help preserve our natural water sources.
And speaking of irrigation systems – Huntington Lawn Care can help you plan and install an irrigation system that will keep your yard healthy and looking its best. Call today for a FREE Estimate!
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