10 Water Saving Tips
Enjoy a lush, healthy landscape while using less water. Proper outdoor watering not only conserves water but actually improves the overall health and sustainability of landscapes.
Water your landscape early in the morning between 5am and 8 am. This reduces evaporation and will lessen the likelihood of water waste from interference from winds. It also reduces plant disease and water damage.
Placing a 3-4 inch layer of organic mulch on the soil surface around plants can save hundreds of gallons of water each year. Mulch prevents water evaporation and also stops weeds from growing.
Repair & Adjust Sprinklers
Observe sprinklers as they run. Adjust them as necessary to reduce over-spray on sidewalks, roads, and patios etc. Repair damaged sprinklers immediately. Check pipes for leaks. Quick repairs and adjustments can save as much as 500 gallons each year.
Water Deeper & Less Often
Your sprinkler should water every other day or every third day in the summer months. Water until just before you see runoff. This encourages water to penetrate deep into the soil promoting a deep, more viable root system.
Change Watering Times with the Seasons
Adjust automatic systems at least three times a year. The highest frequency will be July-October. Lowest will be November-March, with April-June somewhere in between. During periods of rain, turn automatic systems off.
Use Trigger Sprayers when Hand Watering
Every hose should be equipped with a trigger sprayer so water is not wasted. Use when watering your pots, garden and even washing your car. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Minimize Water Loss in Pots
Use water-retentive potting soils in all container gardens. Add soil polymers like Soil Moist to your potting soil and planting time. Polymers store water for plants' use as the soil dries.
Adding compost to planting beds and pots will decrease the amount water needed. Our dense, southern clay soil needs to be amended at a 50/50 ratio with planting mix to help with water and nutrient retention.
Use Organic Fertilizers
Organic fertilizers slowly release nutrients into the soil at a natural rate that matches plants' needs.
Install a Smart Sprinkler Controller
The latest technology can help reduce your water use (and your water bill) dramatically. These wireless "smart controllers" activate your automatic sprinklers via computer based on current weather data and information about the specifics of your garden. Save up to 40 gallons or more each day using a smart controller.