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Outside Tips
Irrigation

Lawn/Sprinklers:

  • To reduce evaporation loss, water lawns during early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are lowest.
  • Water lawns only when needed.  Every 5-7 days during the summer and 10-14 days during the winter.
  • Position sprinklers to water the area intended, not streets, driveways or sidewalks.
  • Use water-efficient methods of irrigation, such as micro/drip irrigation or soaker hoses.
  • Check sprinklers and timing devices regularly to make sure they are working properly.
  • Use an automatic timer or set a kitchen timer to monitor the amount of time the sprinklers are running.
  • Raise lawn mower blades to at least three inches.  This encourages deeper root growth which holds moisture better.
  • Do not over fertilize the lawn, it promotes the need for more water.

 

Landscape:

  • Use compost to help maintain moisture in the soil.
  • Plant native or drought tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees.

 

Hoses:

  • Do not hose down driveways, sidewalks or any other type of pavements.  Use a broom.
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on the hose to regulate the amount of water.  Also, remember to turn off the water at the spigot to avoid any leaking.
  • Use washers between the hose and spigot to avoid leaks.