Two Sneaky Reasons Your Home’s Landscaping Is Dehydrating Faster Than It Should

You spend a lot of time and money creating a landscape that is green, pristine, and healthy, but if you don't have an adequate amount of moisture content in the soil surrounding your home, all your efforts will just be moot. While your first inclination as a homeowner who has dehydrated landscape will be just to contact the nearest residential irrigation expert you can find, it is always a good idea to understand why your landscape is dehydrating at an alarming rate. Here are a few sneaky reasons why the moisture content in your soil could be suffering. 

The makeup of your soil is lacking in absorbent properties. 

Imagine you have a flower pot filled with dirt from your landscape. You pour a glass of water over it and then use that same glass to capture the same amount of water from the drainage hole in the bottom. Your landscape and soil is comparable to a giant planting container with a drainage system in the lower layers. If your soil is not containing absorbent qualities, when it does rain, the biggest part of that moisture will just slip right through and drain away.

Soil conditioning products can help with this issue because they are essentially made up of compounds that retain water, such as ground pine mulch or compost. Soil conditioners are worked into the soil through a plugging process that usually involves drilling a series of holes along the surface of the ground with an aerator. By injecting the soil conditioners into your soil, you are giving it more absorbing power and it will retain moisture for far longer than usual. 

Your soil is receiving too much direct sunlight. 

Sunlight and heat play an important role in the moisture levels of your landscape, which is no big surprise. If you live in an area where temperatures tend to soar and the sun beaming down is hot enough to cause quick evaporation, you could definitely see issues with moisture content in your soil. You may not be able to completely shield your ground from the sun, but what you can do is use dense materials and plant life to keep the ground better shaded. For example, instead of just seeding your property with ordinary grass seed, go for a clover mix which will provide you with dense, shading plant life that grows close to the ground to keep the ground better shaded and protected from the sun. Contact a company like Ronco  Irrigation Inc for more information.