Water is a precious resource.There are many areas around our yard and property that we can easily over-use and waste this vital component to life.
Here are some simple ways to save water around your home:
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of grass for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
- If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
- We’re more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
- Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard and use native plants for landscaping.
- Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape.
- Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain.