Southern California, like many parts of the United States, is going through a severe drought right now. It has reached a point where cities and towns are being forced to reduce water consumption up to 40%. While we love to have lush green grass and vibrant landscaping, we realized we could not continue to indiscriminately water our property. However, with young kids, maintaining soft grassy play areas was important to us. Replacing the grass with rocks and drought tolerant plants was not the best option for our family. When the opportunity to learn more about Scotts® EveryDrop™ and try the product free presented itself, we were thrilled to find another option for our lawn.
After doing research, we discovered that for over 50 years professional turfgrass managers have used wetting agents to make the most of their water consumption. We wanted to learn how we might be able to take advantage of this technology in our home and use Scotts® EveryDrop™.
Reading more about EveryDrop™, we learned that it has unique wetting agents that allow water to spread out and not bead up on the surface. Instead of the water running off or evaporating quickly in the heat, it has a better chance to move freely and evenly through the soil. This allows the water to get down to the roots where it needs to be to help grass and plants thrive.
Using this product alone allows us to use 25% less water on our lawn. While learning about wetting agents like Scotts® EveryDrop™, we also discovered these additional tips that will get us to our 40% water reduction goal:
Keep the grass long – Lawns that are kept at a height of at least three or four inches have deep roots. This allows the grass to access underground moisture, so we can run our sprinklers less.
Avoid the wind – We have a lot of windy days here in SoCal. When it is very windy, much of the water ends up on the patio, sidewalk and driveway. It’s best to only water on calm days to maximize the amount of water that soaks into the ground.
Use mulch where possible – Mulch in planting beds not only looks great, but it helps retain water and reduces evaporation.
EveryDrop™ can also be used around landscape plants. We have several areas in our landscape where water pools or does not drain properly, including in our large planter pots. The water usually pools into a swampy mess and evaporates instead of draining to the plants’ roots.
We sprinkled some granules here to help move water freely and evenly through the soil rather than allowing it to stand in a puddle at the soil surface.
While there is no magic bullet for eliminating the need to water, using the tips above combined with the technology found in Scotts® EveryDrop™ certainly makes a big difference. You can find it in California retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Orchard Supply Hardware. It’s easy to apply and effective at making the most of each drop of water your landscape gets!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.