3 Property Management Water Saving Tips
Florida droughts and water shortages in the recent past have shown us we all have a responsibility to use water wisely. In fact, water restrictions and increasingly expensive water bills should motivate property managers to learn about property management water saving tips.
However, before starting your water conservation project. Make sure you review any HOA or city/county restrictions on landscaping. And talk with tenants / owners to discuss your landscaping ideas.
Implementing Property Management Water Saving Tips
From repairing a faulty sprinkler system to fully renovating the landscape. To adding plants, shrubs, and trees suited to the local climate can reduce the time required to maintain the landscape and reduce water usage.
1. Use Ground Cover
Water-saving alternatives to grass are ground covers and native plants. Replace part or all the lawn with ground covers, preferably natives, which are suitable for the site to save water.
Some groundcover, like perennial peanut, can be incorporated into the landscape. Some of the most adaptable groundcover are native Florida plants, like some ferns and railroad vine. Other attractive groundcover include Asiatic jasmine.
While people often use decorative rocks as a ground cover, they can quickly develop into a messy expanse of unattractive weeds. Instead, weed cloth covered by organic mulch helps prevent weed growth and slows the evaporation of water from the soil.
2. Install a Drip-Watering System Or Sprinkler System With A Rain-Sensing Timer
With a drip system, each shrub and tree receives water directly over the root-ball. Or use a sprinkler system that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist. And adjust the sprinklers to ensure that the water lands on the landscape and not on surrounding hardscape.
Set the timer to water in the early morning, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., on HOA-specified days. And the rain sensor prevents wasteful watering on rainy days.
3. Plant A Florida Friendly Landscape
Florida-friendly gardening means planting that accounts for site conditions, maintenance needs and local climate. Such landscapes may use both native and non-native plants, as long as the non-native plants aren’t an invasive species.
Regular irrigation in the months after planting helps shrubs remain healthy and attractive as they establish. Frequent watering is much more efficient and effective than applying large volumes less frequently.
Learn how to balance your lawn’s need for water with environmental conditions such as drought. As well as manage your water use effectively and keep your landscape healthy without hurting the environment. Click here.
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