Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative of the Irrigation Association, is nearly upon us! As a leader in water conservation and smart water management, Complete Landsculpture is always looking for ways to get the word out about the need to watch your water. Water conservation in North Texas has become even more important in recent days since the discovery of zebra mussels in Lewisville Lake.
Zebra mussels are an invasive species which spawn prolifically due to their having no natural predators in the US. They can form a four to five inch carpet on any hard surface in a lake, clogging drains and pipelines. Scientists hope that the searing Texas summer will kill off the zebra mussel population in Lewisville Lake once the lake temperature reaches 90 degrees.
So what can you do to help conserve water and participate in Smart Irrigation Month all while another North Texas water source is under attack by zebra mussels? The Irrigation Association has these tips:
- Plant right – This includes xeriscaping and grouping plants with similar moisture needs.
- Invest in an irrigation system – Automated irrigation systems can make sure your yard gets only the water it needs when it needs it while also helping you comply with our watering restrictions.
- Water wisely – This section has great tips on how to set your irrigation controller for your specific soil type, irrigation zones and season.
- Maintain and upgrade your system – Make sure to have your system inspected monthly and consider installing a smart irrigation system.
By: Wylee Wooldridge