Water Wise Tips

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Simple ways to save water - and use it wisely.
  1. Reduce or remove grass and replace it with WaterWise landscaping that uses up to 50 percent less water!
  2. Make your existing functional lawn WaterWise! Click here for more information
  3. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  4. Minimize evaporation by watering between 9 pm and 6 am.
  5. Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
  6. Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to eliminate runoff.
  7. Direct rain gutter spouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect and use for your garden.
  8. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
  9. Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
  10. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
  11. Don’t water on windy days. After all, sidewalks and driveways don’t need water.
  12. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
  13. Fertilizers increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
  14. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
  15. Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture. If the soil is moist, you probably do not need to water.

For more water-saving tips, please visit www.saveourh2o.org.