Improving Water Use in Your Yard

Water is becoming a hotly debated commodity in many areas, with increasing restrictions or regulations being placed on homeowners to conserve this limited resource as much as possible. With a significant portion of the water used by homeowners for landscaping and gardens, improving water use efficiency in your yard is a great place to help with conservation. By implementing the following recommendations, you can reduce your water use by up to 75%!

  • Design a landscape plan before putting in your turfgrass and other plants. Group plants together that have similar watering requirements. Also, use the natural terrain or landscape features to your advantage. If you have low areas that tend to collect water, plant species with high water needs there; choose drought-tolerant plants for high spots that drain water quickly. 
  • Improve the soil, so it retains more water. One of the best things you can do to optimize plant growth and water conservation is giving your plants a great soil to grow in. Add finished compost or another type of organic matter to all of your flower and garden beds before planting, tilling it into the soil. This increased organic matter will help hold onto the water and improve the soil structure so the roots can grow freely through the soil, accessing water that is found naturally, below the surface. 
  • Cover bare soil. Homeowners often overlook this simple tip to improving water efficiency, but covering exposed soil surfaces helps to significantly decrease the amount of water lost from the soil to evaporation. Add 2 to 5” of mulch to your flower and garden beds, keeping it away from the stems of your plants, to improve the soil water retention by upwards of 70%.
  • Optimize your sprinkler system. Installing a sprinkler system, especially an automated one, is a great way to optimize your water use when done correctly. It’s essential though, to install the correct system for your landscape and the plants. Utilize features such as dripper heads, and soaker lines where you can instead of only using spray heads that aren’t as efficient. Make sure the system is well maintained, and there aren’t any leaks or busted components that are wasting water.
  • Water wisely by using an irrigation timer. Having an automatic sprinkler system is a great feature, especially if you are prone to traveling during the summer, or are merely forgetful; it handles all of the watering events after the initial set up. But it isn’t without its flaws! Consider adding a smart irrigation controller that adjusts the watering schedule automatically by monitoring the local weather and accounting for cooler temperatures and rainfall events.
  • Create a deeper, more extensive root system on your plants. A longer root system on your plants and grass helps make them more drought-resistant. Instead of watering a little bit of water frequently, such as daily, arrange it so you apply a greater amount of water, less often. This naturally encourages the root system to lengthen and grow deeper into the soil. 
  • Time watering to reduce evaporation. A significant portion of the water applied to your landscape has the potential to be lost to evaporation. To help minimize water loss, water during the cooler times of day – early morning and later in the evening are best –  when evaporation is minimized. Avoid watering during the hottest part of the afternoon whenever possible. Wise Orchard does this automatically for you with its smart watering mode!
  • Make sure you are fertilizing correctly. When it comes to fertilizing, this isn’t a situation where more is better. Too much fertilizer triggers vegetative growth in your plants; more growth means more water used. On the flip side, though, if you under fertilize your plants, they become stressed from nutrient deficiencies and won’t use water efficiently. So you must fertilize your lawn and plants at recommended rates.
  • Mow your grass to the recommended height. All grass types have a recommended height range for mowing. During the hottest part of summer, stay to the upper limit of recommended heights to minimize evaporation and encourage the root system to move deeper into the soil. 
  • Aerate or dethatch your turfgrass as needed. Over time your turf creates a layer of dead or decomposing grass shoots, stems, and roots forms between the grass blades and soil surface. This layer of “thatch” creates a barrier that keeps water from moving down into the soil. Aerating or dethatching (two different procedures) helps by putting holes through the thatch, or reducing it overall, to improve water movement to the roots.


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Gardening for Improved Mental Health

Many people enjoy gardening for the beauty it brings to their landscape, and the edibles it puts on their kitchen table, the benefits run much deeper. Gardening offers both physical and mental benefits (supported by research studies)  — to the point physicians, and physical therapists recommend it to patients young and old.

During the current time of uncertainty, more and more people are turning to gardening, whether indoors or out, as a way to stay busy and improve their mental health. Tending to plants helps relieve stress and lift depression. It’s also a way to open communication with friends, family, and neighbors who enjoy gardening.

Have you thought about trying your hand at growing something during the lockdown? Unsure of where to start? Then let me help! I’ll admit that even though my house and yard are FULL of plants, I’ve added a handful of new beauties to my collection in the last month.

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Face masks now in stock

Face Masks

At Wise Orchard, we’re sourcing quality face masks from reliable factories we’ve contacted through our suppliers in Asia. We now have two types of masks in stock available for you to purchase: N95 and surgical masks.

With new information about how the virus is spread — potentially through the air and by people with no symptoms — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that everyone wear face coverings in public settings.

Protect your family and yourself, click here to buy face masks from our shop.

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SALE: huge savings this season with Wise Orchard

Due to the impact of coronavirus, this year we’re offering our smart water valve for just $59. Take care of your garden like a pro while you’re in lockdown at a greatly discounted price. (Sale available in USA and Canada only).

You don’t have Wise Orchard yet? Get it now! It’s easy to install like a hose timer, it connects directly to your Wi-Fi and you can control it from your smartphone.

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Wise Orchard API is now public

Over time, some of you have asked about integrations and API access and a few weeks ago we gave you early access. Now, we are excited to finally release a public API with full documentation that will allow you to control your valve using your own software instead of our app. This opens up a lot of new possibilities for those of you that have smart homes and like tinkering with IoT devices and their software.

There are three main use cases for you to be using this API:

  • Control and automate your Wise Orchard valves directly with your own custom-built software, instead of using our app.
  • Integrate Wise Orchard valves with third-party IoT services like IFTTT, smart home appliances and smart assistants, so that you can control Wise Orchard through them.
  • Use Wise Orchard to control your own purpose-built watering devices (hydroponics, remote agricultural valves, you name it). Contact us for more information if you want to do this.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Please let us know what you build with our API.

For API-related inquiries you can contact us here: [email protected]
For updates on the API you can join our API & integrations mailing list here.

And one more thing: don’t forget that Wise Orchard is on SALE now, only until July 14! (50% OFF). It’s a unique opportunity to grab your first one or install more in other zones in your garden.

Wise Orchard’s Internet-connected irrigation valve automatically adjusts your plants’ watering schedule so that they are always healthy and beautiful, using just the right amount of water by watching your local weather. You can install it in minutes, attaching it to your tap and hose to easily control and monitor your garden from your smartphone. You bring the hose, it does the rest. Get it here: https://wiseorchard.com

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End of season Wise Orchard sale – our biggest ever

We’re doing a huge end of season worldwide clearance sale (50% off) for all of you users and fans of our smart water valve. Only until July 14! get yours while it lasts.
Sale available worldwide – 40% off in Europe. Items on sale are fully covered by our warranty. There’s no need to use a discount code, you’ll see the final discounted price on our website.

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It’s easy to install like a hose timer, it connects directly to your Wi-Fi and you can control it from your smartphone.

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Reviving a Lackluster Lawn

Over time, life can take a toll of your lawn, causing it too look tired or worn out. Kids, pets, environmental conditions and even the natural progression of grass in its life cycle sometimes means you need to give your lawn some attention and revive it. In the worst cases it may be necessary to try to overseed or reseed the grass to strengthen it.

Signs Your Lawn Needs some TLC

The following symptoms are a good indication your lawn needs attention.

  • Brown patches spreading across the lawn.
  • Lawn looks like it’s thinning or damaged.
  • Worn patches from high traffic.
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Landscape Irrigation Guide

In areas of lower rainfall, many homes have irrigation systems installed to supplement insufficient precipitation levels. The benefits of having an irrigation system for your landscape go much further than simply providing water to your lawn and plants.

Professional Installation versus DIY

Installing your own irrigation system can be a big project to tackle, but some homeowners do opt to do it themselves. If you’re not the DIY type keep a few things in mind when hiring a sprinkler/irrigation company to complete the work.

When looking for a professional contractor look for one that:

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Saving Plants from Overwatering or Underwatering

Plants need three basic things to grow: sunlight, water, and nutrients. When any of those components is out of balance growth will negatively be affected, and the plant will suffer. A common problem many homeowners face is making sure their plants are watered correctly. Water is an important component in many processes that occur within the plant, but both overwatering and underwatering can cause big problems.

Problems with Overwatering or Underwatering

Plants need water for many of the biological processes that occur within their cells. Much of this water is taken in through the roots from the soil.  

Overwatering is a problem because it starves the roots of much-needed oxygen.

Open space between soil particles is occupied by both water and air. When there is too much water applied to the soil it pushes air out of this free space, completely filling it with water instead. In essence, the plant’s roots can’t “breathe” and drown.

Underwatering slows down, or may even completely stop, photosynthesis, a process where water and carbon dioxide product glucose within the leaves of the plant.

How to Tell if Plants are Overwatered or Underwatered

The big challenge is that symptoms of incorrectly watering your plants are similar whether you’re giving them too much water, or not providing enough. You have to look closely at the plant and the soil to determine which condition is the cause of the symptoms being exhibited.

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BIG SALE: Wise Orchard 30% off mid-season

We’re doing a BIG sale (30% off) for all of you users and fans of our smart water valve. Keep your garden in top shape with Wise Orchard at a greatly discounted price! Get yours while it lasts! (Sale available in USA and Canada only).

You don’t have Wise Orchard yet? Get it now!
It’s easy to install like a hose timer, it connects directly to your Wi-Fi and you can control it from your smartphone.

If you haven’t done so already, you should subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on Wise Orchard and receive gardening tips.

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