A Consumer's Guide to Water Conservation
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The Outside Story
Landscaping is a major consumer of residential water. What can you do to reduce outside water consumption without sacrificing an attractive landscape?
- Water in the early morning or evening. If you sprinkle your lawn under the hot midday sun, you'll lose as much as 30 percent of your water to evaporation.
- Several short watering sessions are better than a single long one. Lawns can only absorb water so fast. It's better to water your lawn for three 10 minute session - with each session a half-hour apart - tan it is to water steadily for 30 minutes and cause run-off.
- Better yet - Xeriscape™. Xeriscaping is water wise landscaping that stresses proper soil preparation, efficient irritation, and the use of water stingy plants. For homeowners, it means less maintenance, lower water bills, and a colorful decorative look. Contact your local greenhouse or water utility for more information
Other tip for reducing water usage:
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, walks and patios.
- Keep grass at least two inches high to shade roots and hold moisture.
- Aerate lawns regularly and use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
- Water trees slowly, deeply, and infrequently to encourage deep rooting.
- Visit WaterWiser, the water efficiency clearinghouse at www.waterwiser.org.