Outdoor Water Saving Tips
- Choosing perennials, shrubs and trees will save you time and water as they grow each year and need minimal watering after they are established. Take a look at our Fusion Garden plant list for ideas.
- Consider using a rainbarrel during the growing season to offset water use. The Region offers rainbarrels at a subsidized cost.
- Adding a three inch layer of mulch to your garden will help retain moisture in the soil during dry periods.
- Add compost to your gardens. Compost works like a sponge and will help retain the moisture in the soil.
- Weed on a regular basis. Weeds use water and other nutrients that are needed to sustain healthy plants in the garden.
- Consider a water efficient assessment from a Water Smart Irrigation Professional for your residential or business irrigation system.
- If you have an automated irrigation system, install a rain sensor. Rain sensors save water by turning off your system when it rains.
- Install a soaker hose or drip line. Soaker hoses and drip lines add water slowly to the garden, supporting healthy root systems and can be covered by mulch.
- When running your sprinkler, position it to avoid watering hard surfaces like driveways and patios.
- Sweep don't spray. Use a broom to clear driveways, sidewalks and patios as a great alternative to using a hose.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. The longer grass will shade the roots and help retain moisture in the soil.
- Water in the early morning to help reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
Thursday July 14 2016