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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Prevent Over-watering: Three Tips To Prevent Lawn Water Waste

by Eugene Jones

As the days become hotter, the need for lawn irrigation is greatly increased. However, many states are now requiring residents to do everything they can to avoid over-watering their lawn. Some municipalities are even enforcing fines for those who use too much water due to severe drought. If you have an irrigation system, there are several things you can do to ensure that you don't use too much water while still maintaining an attractive lawn.

Use the Right Amount of Water for Different Sections of Your Lawn

Like many homeowners, you probably have sectioned your lawn for different purposes. For instance, you may have areas that are just grass while other places are planted with flowers or shrubbery. You may have a flower or vegetable garden that needs quite a bit of watering during different times of year. You need to make sure you are using the correct amount of water for each section by tailoring your irrigation needs based on what areas need more water. By incorporating irrigation based on sections, you allow more accurate watering for each area of your lawn. This both encourages root growth and keeps the foliage healthy.

Make Sure There Are No Leaks in Your System

A common cause of overuse of water is the presence of leaks in the irrigation system. The best way to tell if you have a leak is by a significant increase in your water bill. This not only hurts you financially, but leaks in the hoses can also harm your lawn. To prevent this from occurring, you should have your system checked each season, or approximately four times a year by a professional. You may also want to periodically check the system yourself by looking at the dial on your water meter. To do this, turn off all the water inside and outside of your home. If you see the dial moving, chances are you have a leak and will need to have it repaired.

Install Rain Sensors

Another way to prevent over-watering of your lawn is to have rain sensors installed on your irrigation system. Nothing wastes more water than sprinklers that come on while it is raining. You may have an automated system that turns on during the time in which it has been programmed, regardless if it is raining. A rain sensor will prevent your system from activating if it is raining, saving you a bundle of water and money.

Lawn irrigation systems are a great way to keep your lawn healthy and lush, but it is important to be responsible. If you suspect that you have a problem with your irrigation system over-watering, you need to have it checked by a professional installer such as T & J Landscape Services as soon as possible, especially if you live in a drought-stricken state. Not only will it save your lawn and wallet, but it could also keep you from receiving costly fines that come along with using too much water.