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   Jun 06

Waterwise Gardening Tips

Water saving Tips from Water Providers Consortium « Reed

  1. Adjust your sprinklers to water your lawn and garden, not the street or sidewalk.
  2. Water early in the morning (before 10 a.m.) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  3. Water established lawns about one inch per week (a bit more during hot, dry weather). Use a watering gauge or tuna can, along with a timer, to determine how long it takes your sprinkler to water one inch.
  4. Set it, but don’t forget it! Whether you have a manual sprinkler or an automatic system, adjust your watering throughout the summer to meet the needs of different plants and lawns. Check out the Weekly Watering Number at www.conserveh2o.org to see how much to water your plants and lawn each week.
  5. Inspect your overall sprinkler system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well-maintained system will save you money, water and time, as even small leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water each month.
  6. Consider replacing some turf area with low-water plants and ornamental grasses. They are easier to maintain than turf, look beautiful and require far less water. Visit www.conserveh2o.org to download a free water-efficient plant guide.
  7. Group plants with similar watering needs. Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires—not too much or too little.
  8. Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about five to seven gallons each minute your hose is on.
  9. Adjust your mower to a higher setting.  A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  10. Apply only the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If runoff or puddling occurs, reduce longer watering sessions into several short sessions. This will allow for water to more efficiently soak into the soil between each watering session.Cherub rain gage flipped

Know how much rain you have had and water accordingly!

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Mother Nature’s Backyard – A Waterwise Garden: How Water-wise

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But waterwise is only half the picture. To be productive and sustainable, our gardens must also become more life-friendly. They must provide beauty, food and places to enjoy our outdoor life. And they must become an inviting …

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Edible Gardening Essentials: Tips for Traditional Hand Watering

You can direct the water precisely where you want it: into a watering basin around a tree, into individual pots, around the base of a squash plant.

There’s no water wasted on dirt (or weeds), and you can prevent the splashing on leaves that can cause a fungus to develop.

Spending some time each day watering individual plants, and taking a close look at them at the same time, also means you’ll be more likely to spot any developing problems and take care of them before they get out of hand.

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This is the watering can I use. It holds a lot of water, has an adjustable sprout (for a shower or a pour) and has good handles for easy pouring.

 

How To: Watering Tips | Be a Habitat Hero!

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