Many people are familiar with water conservation efforts for the home. Did you know there are effective ways to conserve water in your yard and garden as well?
- Planting a new lawn, tree or shrubs this summer? Consider drought-resistant plants, which require far less watering. The following sites offer great suggestions:
Garden Guides, HouseLogic, Houzz, and Lifehacker.
- Group plants together according to their watering needs and the slope descent of your yard, which will help retain water and reduce runoff.
- Collect rain water in barrels to water your plants.
- Don’t forget the mulch! Mulch slows evaporation and helps retain moisture while preventing weed growth.
- Position sprinklers so the water lands in the lawn or garden – not on the sidewalk or road.
- Only water when necessary. Step on the grass – if it springs up, you don’t need to water, but if it stays flat, the grass is thirsty.
- Letting grass grow to three inches or taller promotes water retention in the soil.
- Know how much water you need. Most lawns require a deep soak. Put an empty tuna can on your lawn when watering; when water reaches the top of the can, the lawn has been adequately watered.
- Water early in the morning or later in the day to prevent fungus and to keep insects like slugs and other garden pests at bay.
- Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car and only rinse with the hose. This can save up to 150 gallons of water!
- Don’t forget to check your outdoor hoses, pipes and faucets for leaks – just like inside.