As the warmer months approach following another dry winter season, it’s good to reflect on ways to conserve water in Nevada County. Here are some tips for the coming season.
- Landscape with native and drought-resistant plants
Native plants are naturally pest and disease resistant. They require little water once they are established, and can survive harsh winters and hot dry summers. When used in your landscaping, they will look natural, and fit into the surroundings of Nevada County. Native plants are non-invasive, thrive with little care, and require less maintenance.
- Water outdoor plants early in the day
To avoid sunburned foliage, and excessive evaporation, water your gardens in the morning. That will allow time for the water to soak down into the roots of the plants. It will encourage the roots systems to grow deeper into the soil where the moisture remains.
- Use mulch around plants and trees
Adding mulch to the base of trees, shrubs and plants can help to conserve water, shield the roots from heat, and help keep the weeds down. Leave some breathing space around the trunks of trees and plant stems.
- Collect rain water for plants
On average, a roof collects about 600 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall. With a little effort and research, and not a lot of money, homeowners can devise a system for collecting the water to use for plants. There are elaborate systems, and inexpensive systems that you can make yourself. Check with your local garden center for information about developing a plan for your home.
- Watch for leaks, and maintain irrigation equipment
Even a tiny drip, over time, can waste a lot of precious water. Check your irrigation system for broken connection, worn hoses, and missing emitters. Over time leaks can develop, so just keep an eye open for problems that can be remedied quickly.
Nevada County is a beautiful place to live, work and play. With a little awareness and planning, we can enjoy our landscaping and conserve our resources. There are many drought tolerant native plants to consider. Check with your favorite Nevada County garden center for more information.