Simple ways to save water, and use it wisely.
Reduce or remove grass and replace it with water-wise landscaping that uses up to 50 percent less water! If you require a functional play area, consider a more drought tolerant variety of grass such as St. Augustine or Hybrid Bermuda, or a groundcover such as Phyla Nodiflora (also known as Lippia).
Check your irrigation system frequently, and adjust sprinklers for overspray and runoff.
Minimize evaporation by watering between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to eliminate runoff.
Direct rain gutter spouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect and use the water for your garden.
Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.
Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
Don’t water on windy days. After all, sidewalks and driveways don’t need water.
Water your plants deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
Fertilizers increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.
Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture. If the soil is moist, you probably do not need to water.