Desert living in the month of June, in the midst of a state-wide drought, spells the need for conscientious water use.
What’s the best way to save water during this drought? Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority suggests following the “Water by the Numbers” program and stick to watering just three days a week, and if it does rain – turn off the sprinklers and count that as one of your days. Also, follow the time-of-day watering rules and don’t water between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. when water losses to wind and evaporation are greatest.
Give your landscape a deep watering three times per week. Make sure your irrigation system doesn’t have any leaks, and mulch around your plants to maximize moisture retention in the soil.
Look at your lawn and determine if the species is appropriate for the desert climate. For example, a Bluegrass lawn is an extremely high-water-use type of turf that is not easy to sustain in this climate. Rebates are available to replace turf with desert-friendly, low-maintenance xeriscaping.
For more information, visit the ABCWUA website.