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Go Green by Going with Grey

Go Green by Going with Grey

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If you are looking out at your lawn and watching in horror as it slowly turns from a vivid green to a dull brown, there is hope from an unusual place. Stand in your bathroom and you have found your new source of green lawn assistance. Your sink and shower can become your yards new best friends. Well, technically it isn’t your shower or sink it is the water they use. The water going down the drains of your shower, sink and washing machine are referred to as grey water and that grey water can make a difference in your yard. If you have ever wondered about grey water, Admiral Pest Control is here to provide you with the information you need to stay up to date.

What on earth is grey water? Imagine everything that goes down your drains; hair from your bathroom sink, shampoo and conditioners from your shower, ground up food from your disposal and dishwasher, detergents and dirt from your washing machine. Take all of that and you get an unsavory mixture called grey water. The last thing you would ever want to do is take a drink. Your trees, grass and shrubs on the other hand, love it. All of that junk going down your drain is full of nutrients that plants need. They can get nitrogen and phosphorous from the organic material that goes down your drain. Grey water is liquid fertilizer. It waters your yard and keeps it green and vibrant. When you incorporate a grey water irrigation system into your yard, you can smile every time you take a shower, because all that water is going to quench your thirsty yard.

What is so great about grey water? All of that grey water goes to either a sewage treatment plant or your septic tank. If your house is connected to a sewer line, all of that nutrient rich water is leaving your yard; the same could be said of a septic tank. Grey water can save you money. Your water bill will be lower because you won’t have to run your sprinkling system as often. Your sprinkler system relies on drinking water. You won’t have to use as much fertilizer to keep your grass green because your grey water is doing it for you. There are systems that can be installed that use gravity to sub-irrigate you yard. That means you will not need to use you hard earned paycheck on the costs of pumping. In addition, by keeping all of those nutrients on your lawn, you are protecting the environment. Nitrogen and phosphorous are the two main polluters of our lakes and streams. With grey water you get the good feeling of making a positive change for Mother Nature and you get to keep more of your paycheck from being used to water your yard.

Tips for improving residential water efficiency

Tips for improving residential water efficiency

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Conserving water will give you a good feeling to know that you are reducing your pollution input to local streams and rivers. It will give you an even greater feeling when you look at the money you are saving on you water bill. If you want to conserve money here are a few tips from Admiral Pest Control that will help you keep more of your hard earned paycheck.

Water Conservation inside Your Home

  • Install a low flow shower-head. If you have an older showerhead, take a trip to your hardware store. There are a lot of showerheads that will give you all the pressure you want while saving water.
  • Running toilets are eating your money. If your toilet is always running, open up the back and lower the float. If the rubber gasket is leaking, replace it. A running toilet will run away with your paycheck.
  • Your toilet isn’t a garbage can. If you have things to throw away, use your garbage can. Your garage can doesn’t use water.
  • A smart shaver is a smart saver. If you are shaving with the water running, you are sending your money down the drain. When you shave, use your sink. Fill it up and clean the blades by swishing your razor around in the water.
  • Fill it full. If you are in the habit of using your dishwasher or clothes washer to clean half-filled loads, you are not being wise with your spending cash. Full loads means your equipment will be running at a higher efficiency and using less water to clean.

Water Conservation out in Your Yard

  • Rain and sprinklers don’t mix. There is nothing that makes a water conservationist angrier than seeing sprinklers on during a rain storm. If there is a rain storm, turn your sprinklers off. Your yard uses more water than anything else in your home. If Mother Nature wants a turn with watering, thank her, turn off your sprinklers and save money.
  • It is all about timing. If you are watering your lawn in the heat of the day, most of that water is evaporating and not getting to your grass. Change your water time to the early morning or night when it is cool. That way all of your water will be used on your yard.
  • Don’t forget to aim. Check your sprinklers every once in a while to make sure you aren’t watering the road, or your neighbor’s grass. Aim your sprinklers to maximize the watering.
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch. Set your lawn mower to a higher level and mulch it. Taller grass uses less water and all that mulch will help keep the soil wetter. Besides, it will take less time to mow your lawn and that will save you time and money.

With a few lifestyle changes, you can save water. Additional water will protect wildlife and the food we depend upon. It will also save you money and that is important.

Reasons Behind Water Conservation

Reasons Behind Water Conservation

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You might think that there is plenty of water on earth. Astrologists call our planet the blue planet because of its faint blue color when seen from space. Though our planet might be wet, most of that water is not drinkable. If you took all the water on earth, only 2.5 percent would be considered fresh water. The other 97.5 percent is contained in our oceans and is too salty for us to use. Of the 2.5 percent of fresh water, two thirds of it is locked up in polar ice caps and glaciers. This means we get less than one percent of the total water on earth to use for drinking, growing food, recreation, and keeping our yards vibrant. Water is a limited resource. For the sake of your family and future generations, here are five reasons why you should conserve this valuable resource.

  • Water Means Life. It might be macabre to think about, yet you cannot live very long without water. In a harsh environment, you can only go a few hours. Under good conditions, you might be able to make for 3 days. From beef to vegetables, water is used to grow all of the food you eat.
  • Pollution Hurts. With the small amount of available water, the last thing you will want to do is dump oil down the storm drain. A single drop of oil or paint can pollute more than six gallons. If you have used oil or old paint, dispose of them properly.
  • Keep fertilizer on your grass. Fertilizer is great for making your lawn nice and green, yet it is terrible for water. Too much nitrogen in water will make it unfit to drink. When a lake gets a dose of fertilizer, algae goes wild and their numbers soar. When all that green goop dies, it releases toxins and ruins the water. The best thing you can do with your fertilizer is to follow the directions. If it says don’t apply before a rain storm, then don’t.
  • Conserving water saves you money. The more water you use, the more money you pay. If you want to save money, conserve water. That gives you a cash incentive to fix your leaky toilet. Green grass looks great. Unfortunately, we have planted a grass species that is not adapted to our hot California summers. It is going to take a lot of water to keep your blue grass green. In order to save money, consider changing your grass to a drought tolerant species. If you want to save more, add in areas to your yard that doesn’t require irrigation. There are plenty of native plants that will add aesthetic appeal to your yard.
  • Save energy. When you turn on your tap, you see the fresh water flowing out. Have you ever considered how it got there? Gravity alone cannot bring you the water you need. All those pipes that feed your neighborhood require pumps to pressurize the lines. That takes energy. By lowering the amount of water usage, you are saving energy.

Water is a precious resource. A few simple changes to your way of life can save hundreds of gallons of life giving water.

Water Conservation: From lawn to rock garden

Water Conservation: From lawn to rock garden

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If you look at your backyard and have the desire to install a tropical garden, now might be the time to banish that idea. We are in one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Droughts are nothing new, we have been going through them on and off for centuries. If you are like countless other Californians, this drought has begun an ideological shift toward the conservation of water. Instead of imagining a tropical garden, parts of your yard could become an inspirational rock garden. You will save water and still have something amazing to look upon. If you have ever considered installing a rock garden, here are a few ideas brought to you by Admiral Pest Control.

  • Work Smarter, Not Harder: Instead of going out to your lawn with a shovel, you can begin the conversion process with newspaper. Gather up a bunch of old newspaper, lay them out in the area you want as your new rock garden and lay out several layers. Add some water and in a few weeks the newspaper will kill the grass and allow you to begin.
  • Think Interesting: When you are gathering up rocks, think interesting. An assortment of different colors, shapes, and sizes will add variety and aesthetics. Do not use the same color of rock, make it eye catching. Also, if you install paving stones consider getting ones that are permeable. They allow water to move through them and you will reduce overland erosion.
  • Think Water Conservation: What would a rock garden be without plants? When you are installing your plants go with drought tolerant native species where appropriate. These plants are more hardy and reliable and will be more resistant to pests. When you are considering your plants you can use the colors of your rocks for contrast. If you have some red sandstone, plants with bright green or silver leaves will add great distinction. If you rely on sprinklers to irrigate your grass, do not forget to cap the old lines because your new rock garden will not need to be watered. Imagine the time and money you will spend. If you hate mowing your lawn, your new rock garden may become your best friend.
  • Take a water-wise field trip: If you live in Los Angeles or Orange County, go to bewaterwise.com and find a California friendly garden near you. You will be able to get an idea of native plants that will handle drought conditions and what they will look like when they are fully grown. After a visit to the gardens you will come to appreciate how beautiful the plants will look within your own rock garden.

Droughts will come and droughts will go. If you want to have a yard that is beautiful no matter what Mother Nature can throw at you, make your rock garden into something that will become the center point of your yard. When each of us do our part to conserve the little we have, the better it will be for all of us.