Tips for Water Conservation in Your Lawn and Garden
It may surprise you to learn that 40 percent or more of household water is used outdoors. Here are a few conservation tips for your lawn and garden:
- Longer grass shades the soil, encourages deeper roots and saves water. Set your lawn mower for a higher trim setting.
- Check your landscaping often for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, sprinklers and couplings. Small leaks can add up to large water loss. Contact us for assistance in locating the leak detector on your water meter.
- Use drip irrigation systems for plants and gardens. Drip irrigation can be up to 90% more efficient than conventional irrigation systems.
- During the winter and wet weather, your landscape requires much less water than in the summer, so let Mother Nature do the watering! As the weather heats up, increase your weekly water schedule by adding a day or click here to view our proposed Smart Irrigation Schedule.
- The time of day you water is also an important factor. We recommend watering before 9 am or after 7 pm to minimize evaporation.
- Get rid of weeds, which compete with your ornamental plants for water.
- Don't use water on gutters, sidewalks, and driveways. Position sprinklers so water only covers lawn and plants. Use a broom to clean off paved areas.
- Use mulch around trees and plants. It will slow evaporation and discourage weed growth.
- Plant drought-tolerant and native plants that require little water along with a drip irrigation system. Click here for a list of drought-tolerant plants.
- Utilize the popular Lawn-Be-Gone Rebate Program to replace turf with more water-efficient landscaping. Click here for more information and an application.
- For tips and tools on how to design your new water-efficient landscape, check out the "Water Wise Gardening" program here.
Water-efficient habits will result in a healthier lawn and garden, in addition to conserving water and saving money!