Simple ways to save water - and use it wisely.
- Reduce or remove grass and replace it with WaterWise landscaping that uses up to 50 percent less water!
- Make your existing functional lawn WaterWise! Click here for more information.
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Minimize evaporation by watering between 9 pm and 6 am.
- 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 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.
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