How to water your yard in a drought

With temperatures reaching the 90s in the Southern California, one thing is clear: summer is coming.

Technically it’s still spring, but mild weather and April showers are scarce this season, especially in drier areas like Burbank and Woodland Hills.  But this should come as no surprise.

By now, everyone knows that our state is experiencing a record drought.  Even the beach communities and South Bay are seeing surging thermostats.

For homeowners with yards, the increase in hot days poses a challenge.  How do you properly care for your vegetation, without over-using our city’s limited water supply?

To maximize irrigation without over indulging, you’ll need the help of professionals.  For the most expert plumber Los Angeles has to offer, Fiskit Plumbing can assist you in keeping your garden and lawn looking its best.

Our seasoned employees know how to deliver the services you need, while staying within your budget.

Importance of sprinklers

Your garden may look great, but it won’t stay that way unless you water it on a regular basis.  You can always use a hand canister, but it’s time consuming and the process doesn’t always fit your schedule.

Additionally, if you have a larger garden or lawn, you’ll need a more powerful and farther-reaching way to address the size.

In other words, you’ll need sprinklers.

A good sprinkler system delivers enough water to key outdoor areas without saturating them.  It should sufficiently wet your property within a couple inches of the surface.

The trick is setting up the system properly.  If you have extensive experience doing handiwork, you may consider trying this yourself.

However, sprinkler installation services are probably best left to a licensed pro.  You don’t want something to go wrong later, costing you money, and possibly the livelihood of your yard.

Sprinklers in a drought

With water currently set as a precious resource, we have to use it sparingly.  However, there are a few simple ways to make sure your sprinklers are performing efficiently.

Set them to work automatically.  This way you’ll never forget to turn them off, which will help save water.

Of course, don’t neglect them.  It’s important to check their performance from time to time.  You want to make sure they’re actually hitting the yard, and not the sidewalk.

Furthermore, pay attention to the lawn and garden hours later.  Is it still soaked?  If so, you may have a problem with drainage.

Ideally, you should run them in the morning to maximize water exposure before the afternoon sun evaporates it.

You can also get more mileage out of your water output by the way you mow your lawn.  Raise the blade height on your mower to a little higher than usual.  The extra length left in the grass will prevent it from losing moisture.  It will also help the blades shade one another.

When you’re done, just let the grass clippings disintegrate into mulch, and maintain soil moisture.