Tips for Saving Water Outside

Luscious green grass, healthy bushes, and beautiful gardens – we all want them! But how can we achieve having a nice green yard without wasting so much water, especially in this crazy, summer heat? Here are some tips!

  1. Check your sprinklers: Automatic sprinklers are the best; they keep your yard fresh and green on even the most sweltering summer days. However, sprinklers can also waste a lot of water – and money – if they aren’t positioned correctly! That’s why it is so important to make sure that your sprinklers are actually watering your yard and not your driveway. It’s also a good idea to routinely check your sprinkler system for any leaks.
  1. Watch when you water: Never water your lawn in the heat of the day; this will only waste water due to the increased amount of evaporation. It’s a better idea to water your lawn during the morning or evening since these are times where the sun is not fully up yet, thus decreasing the amount of evaporation. You may also consider getting a rain gauge to help you determine the amount of water your lawn is getting – an inch per week should be sufficient.
  1. Collect rainwater: Another great idea for water conservation is to invest in a rain barrel. Water collected in a rain barrel can be used in place of water from a sprinkler system, and it’s also very economical! You could even place a rain barrel so that it collects the runoff from your rain gutters! Speaking of gutters, redirecting the runoff from your gutters towards a specific spot in your garden is another efficient, water-saving option.
  1. Plant Mulch: Planting fresh mulch around trees, bushes, and in flowerbeds will provide lots of nutrients for the plants, and it will also hold moisture longer. Therefore reducing the amount of water needed to keep plants alive and well.

And these are just a few of the many ways we can save water outside. So, follow these tips and I guarantee you will save time, money, and water!