1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

June 20, 2008

:172 Drip Watering

Filed under: :172 Drip Watering — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 4:45 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:172 EcoTip: Drip watering systems save water by delivering precise amounts to the individual plant being watered. They work well for trees, shrubs and individual plants in garden areas. Because only the soil for the individual plant gets watered, drip irrigation can also help prevent weeds from developing in the areas that don’t get watered.

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June 18, 2008

:170 Water Deep

Filed under: :170 Water Deeply — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:16 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:170 EcoTip: Most lawn experts recommend watering less often but deeply so the water reaches a depth of 12 inches. Sandy soil needs to be watered more frequently than loam because it drains off faster.

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To check how much water is needed to saturate your lawn to a depth of one foot – fill a tall pickle jar with one foot of soil from your yard – then measure how many inches of water you need to add from a similar jar to have the soil in the jar be saturated. This will typically require 1 to 2 inches of water for every 12 inches of soil. Now you know how much water needs to be added to your yard when you water. Now use the same pans I talked about yesterday to check how long it takes to add that amount of water evenly to your lawn.

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June 17, 2008

:169 Water Evenly

Filed under: :169 Water Evenly — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:15 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:169 EcoTip: Most people are overwatering some of their lawn to keep other areas from browning from not getting enough water. Use a bunch of 2 inch deep tubs or pans spaced out over your lawn while you water to look for areas that are getting overwatered. Adjust the sprinklers to provide as even a watering as possible.

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June 16, 2008

:168 Check your Sprinklers

Filed under: :168 Check Your Sprinklers — Tags: , , , , — John Banta @ 12:10 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:168 EcoTip: Watch what you water. Streets, driveways and sidewalks provide run off paths that waste water, so adjust your sprinklers to hit the intended areas.

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June 15, 2008

:167 Water Early

Filed under: :167 Water Early — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:07 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:167 EcoTip: Watering lawns early in the morning when temperatures and winds are less likely to cause rapid evaporation gets more water to the root zone so that less water is needed.

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If you do use your automatic sprinklers to water early or late it is important to check the system to be sure you don’t have a broken sprinkler head or other malfunction that will waste water. Tomorrow’s post will have information about another way to check your sprinkler system.

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