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Outdoor Water Saving Tips
  • Add mulch around trees, shrubs and ground cover; helps prevent erosion; reduces water lost to evaporation; provides insulation
  • Adjust sprinklers to avoid over-spray
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting; taller grass shades the root system which helps hold moisture
  • Aerate your lawn
  • Aim for “head-to-head” coverage; spray of one sprinkler should reach head of sprinkler closest to it
  • Avoid ornamental water features and fountains, which lose water through evaporation
  • Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as slopes and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways
  • Check for leaky faucets, pipes, and hoses and repair immediately
  • Check to see that your sprinklers are popping up above the grass
  • Choose warm-season grass (i.e. Bermuda, Zoysia, or St. Augustine) if you plan to re-seed or sod; require less water than fescue
  • Consult a landscape professional if you have questions about landscape maintenance and/or sprinkler system operation
  • Direct rain gutter downspouts and runoff toward shrubs and trees or collect for us in the garden
  • Don’t buy recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water
  • Don’t forget to reset your irrigation clock when changing indoor clocks when daylight-saving time ends
  • Drip emitters around trees and shrubs should be evenly spaced; move emitters as plants grow
  • Group plants with the same water needs together
  • Hand water dry spots with a hose
  • If you notice brown spots in your lawn; check sprinklers to see if any of the heads are twisted
  • Inspect for broken or misaligned sprinklers after every mowing
  • Install a rain shutoff device on your automatic sprinklers to avoid watering in the rain
  • Install faucet aerators on all of your faucets
  • Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs to keep the soil cooler and reduce evaporation
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve
  • Minimize use of fertilizers; they promote plant growth which increase water consumption
  • Only water your lawn when needed; if you leave footprints on the lawn when walking on it, it’s time to water
  • Plant during the spring or fall when water need is less
  • Reduce runoff by watering more often, with shorter run time; allows for better absorption of the water
  • Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs and ground cover
  • Remove weeds from your lawn and garden; weeds compete with other plants for water and nutrients
  • Repair leaks promptly, even if appear small
  • Set empty tuna cans on your lawn to measure the amount of water your lawn gets from the sprinklers
  • Start a compost pile, adding compost to soil increases the water retention
  • Test the moisture in your soil with a screwdriver; if goes in easily, don’t water
  • Throw the left over ice or water from your bottle on a plant
  • Use a broom and sweep instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalks
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water
  • Use a hose nozzle to prevent water waster when washing the car
  • Use a rain gauge to see how much rain or irrigation your yard receives
  • Use drip irrigation systems for watering the roots of trees, shrubs, and flowers
  • Use porous material that allows water to drain, for walkways and patios
  • Use recirculating pumps on swimming pools, fountains, and ponds
  • Water during the early morning when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter
  • When watering yards with a hose and shutoff valve, set a kitchen timer to remind you how long you have been watering
  • When you give Fido clean water, use the dirty water on a plant