Watery going to do about loving water?
Valentine’s Day is full of love and special treats. It is always fun to give and receive gifts and do something special with the ones you love. Valentine’s Day is a great day to remember all the important people in your life who you love and care about you. Although water isn’t a special someone in your life, it still deserves some love. We tend to forget how hard our lives would be without it! Show your appreciation for the water you use every single day with some easy activities that will help save some water.
I’m water-falling for you.
We always encourage outdoor water usage all year around. In the winter months, we encourage little to no watering for turf grasses since they go dormant. Dormancy is a state where the turf grass plant focuses resources on the roots. Lucky for us, Round Rock has heavy clay soil that holds water for longer periods of time. Plants can stay in a dormant state for at least 3 to 4 weeks without dying and we are seeing more than enough rain right now. Temperatures are also much cooler which means water is evaporating much slower. We also encourage little to no watering because overly moist cold grass can lead to disease. This is a great way to help save some of our precious natural resource in the winter!
I Love You So Mulch
Skip the lawn fertilizer this year and mulch fallen leaves. Mulching those last bits of leaves that have fallen this winter provides nutrients to your soil, keeps it warmer in the winter, retains moisture (which means less watering), and suppresses weeds. The easiest way to do this is to shred dried leaves with a lawn mower. You will want to see about half an inch of grass through the mulched leaf layer. Have leaves in bags already? No worries. You can put the leaves in a trash can and use a weed eater to shred the leaves like an immersion blender. Apply a 3-inch layer of shredded leaves to garden beds and turf grass for all the nutrient benefits! This is a great way to show your landscape some TLC while helping save some water.
Have your landscape and indoor plants fall in love and thrive with the love potion that is rainwater! Rainwater contains nitrates which is what plants need to flourish and prosper. It is 100% soft water, slightly acidic, and contains some organic matter. Using rainwater for your plants also helps you reduce the amount of water being taken from the reservoir. We know how much you guys love our rain barrel sales! Keep an eye out on the city’s website around February 1st for more information about our upcoming rain barrel sale!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day
These nice gestures and acts of kindness you can do are just three out of many ways you can show water how much you appreciate it. Always remember to thank water for being there for you whenever you need it.