10 Ways to Save Water Outside

Conserving Water

 

  • A kitchen timer is a handy reminder for turning off sprinklers.
  • Don’t let the hose run while washing your car. Use a bucket filled with soapy water and an automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose. Use the hose just to rinse it off. Garden hoses can deliver over 10 gallons of water per minute.
  • Don’t water the gutter. Position your sprinklers so water pattern just covers the lawn or garden, not sidewalks, driveways, or gutters. Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with far less watering than other species.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth, too.
  • Set lawnmower blades to 1-2 inches and keep them sharp to cut grass cleanly and retain moisture longer.
  • Set your sprinkler at a slow enough delivery rate for your lawn to absorb the water and prevent runoff. The average sprinkler uses 10 gallons per minute.
  • Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers.
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
  • Water your lawn only when it needs it. Deep soak your lawn, a light sprinkling tends to evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems. Water early, before 10:00 am, to prevent growth of fungus.

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