Sustainable Landscaping

English: An oscillating sprinkler watering a lawn.
English: An oscillating sprinkler watering a lawn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sustainable Landscaping

For those of us who own homes in the DFW area, one may ask this question:
What is the preferred way to water my lawn so that it stays healthy?

Answer (taken from http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1078:


“The soil in North Texas is mainly made up of hard clay. Therefore, it’s important to make sure the water reaches your lawn’s root system. You can use the cycle soak method of watering, which allows the soil to absorb the water you are using on your lawn. You can check out your sprinkler controller box to see if you can program your system to automatically run the cycle soak method. With cycle soak, you run your sprinkler system in a series of shorter cycles instead of one long cycle. So if you already run your sprinkler system for 15 minutes at a time, try three cycles of five minutes each. The cycles should happen about an hour apart until the soil is moistened to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. You should also be sure to watch each sprinkler zone for any water runoff — you definitely don’t want to waste any water.”

There are also a couple of great points regarding what plants are selected to for your landscaping needs.  According to sustainability firm Autodesk, landscaping often uses more water than fixtures and equipment within a home, so water-efficient landscaping can be the biggest source of water savings to a household.

http://sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com/fundamentals/water-efficient-irrigation-and-landscaping

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