- March 13, 2007 at 6:00 pm #238985BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
Thought I’d share from a newsletter I get….
A Dozen Ways to Save Money on Yard Care
and Related Items
by Dr. Charlotte Gorman
1. To help protect your house from winter winds and, thus, save on heating
bills, consider planting a windbreak. Call your Land Grant University’s
County Extension Service for specific information on how to correctly design
your windbreak (such as how far trees should be from your house and what
kind of trees to plant).
In certain areas of the U.S., actual fuel savings
from windbreak protection can be about 18 to 27 percent.
2. Using plant materials wisely can help reduce your energy costs. Winter
heating bills may be reduced as much as 15 percent while the energy needed
for summer cooling may be cut 50 percent or more.
Check with your Land Grant
University’s County Extension Service for information on energy efficient
landscaping (such as proper placement of deciduous and evergreen trees and
shrubs in relation to your house).
3. Use drought resistant grasses and plants which can survive on limited
amounts of water. Ask your County Agricultural Extension Agent about drought
resistant grasses and plants that are adapted to your area.
The fewer times
you must water your yard and plants, the lower your water bill.
4. Water your lawn and outdoor plants only when necessary and water deeply.
Frequent shallow watering draws roots near the surface where they are subject to
sunburn and drying out. Unnecessary watering wastes water, time, and your money.
5. Whenever possible, water your lawn yard plants, and the vegetable garden only
in the early morning, late afternoon, or evening. It is best to refrain from
watering in the heat of the day, when it is windy, or when the sun is shining
Under these conditions, you waste a large amount of water through
6. Mulch plants in your yard to help hold moisture in the soil. Spread leaves,
cut grass, pieces of bark, plastic, and other appropriate materials around the
(Make sure that the mulch does not prevent water from soaking into the
soil when you do water or when it rains.) The longer you can keep the soil moist
through mulching, the more money you will save on watering.
7. Use a “soaker” hose rather than a sprinkler, where possible. Less water is
required when a “soaker” hose is used because the water is concentrated on the
soil nearer the roots; and there is, also, less evaporation.
8. Remove weeds from your yard. Weeds use water which could be used by your
flowers, shrubs, trees, and grass.
A weed-free yard will require less water than
one infested with weeds.
9. Rather than let gasoline-powered yard equipment idle for long periods, turn
it off until you are ready to use it again; and you will save gasoline.
10. Keep the cutting edges sharp on gasoline and electric-powered yard
equipment. The equipment will cut more efficiently and, therefore, use less
Dull cutting edges tend to fray grass blades and thus increase water
evaporation from the grass plants.
11. Use “hand” lawn mowers, pruners, clippers, and other yard tools whenever
possible rather than gasoline or electric-powered ones. “Hand” tools consume
only your physical energy.
12. You can save money and do your lawn a favor by using a mulching lawn mower
instead of bagging and carting off grass clippings. The mulched clippings fall
back to the soil and add nutrients.
About the Author:
Dr. Charlotte Gorman is an Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, Texas
Cooperative Extension, Texas A & M University System. She is the author of The
Frugal Mind, The Little Book of Living Frugal, and Speak for Yourself.
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