In Minnesota, water conservation and a beautiful yard can often seem like a simultaneous impossibility. But this doesn’t have to be the case. You can water the yard responsibly and still achieve a scenic view.
Here are some lawn maintenance tips and landscaping ideas from the professionals at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating and Air to make the most of these remaining summer months:
Don’t Drown the Plants!
Get to know the plants you have in the yard, and water them accordingly. Resisting the temptation to overwater will prevent unnecessary water waste. It’s a simple way to save water and money.
Evapotranspiration (Et) is an intimidating term for the amount of water that is evaporated from the soil and released through the plant leaves. This rate is standard by area. Minneapolis homeowners can call the local water district to determine their Et rate and then adjust their watering appropriately.
Regardless of local Et, evaporation rates are lowest in the early morning. This is the best time to water in order to provide plants with ample moisture before the intense afternoon sun.
Plant What Grows & Use Self-Control
Cacti don’t grow in rainforests, and palm trees can’t thrive in Minnesota. Maintaining a beautiful yard hinges on proper plant selection, choosing plants that will grow well in your particular regional climate and microclimate.
In addition to choosing the right plants by location, it is also important to think about where to use mulch, stone, and grasses with lower water needs. Beautiful landscaping is derived not only from plants, but from the combination of many elements in the yard.
Plan & Maintain the Landscape
Planning in advance to map water and energy conservation provides a strong foundation for lasting landscaping beauty. By grouping plants with similar water needs, you can enhance irrigation efficiency. Soil improvements can also promote water absorption and encourage deeper root growth.
Finally, healthy plants are happy plants. You can maintain a beautiful yard through vigilant weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and pest control.
Your Twin Cities home can be beautiful and thriving while keeping to water conservation practices. The trusted professionals at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating and Air are available if you have questions about your yard care methods. Contact Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating and Air at (651) 228-9200.