In The Garden
When summer arrives and it's time to water the lawn and wash the car, household water use can increase by 50% or more!
Here are ways to water and wash wisely, saving water without comprising your landscape or look.
- COLLECT RAIN WATER - the sky is giving it away free!
- Redirect your gutters into rain barrels and give it to your thirsty plants.
- Water your lawn in early morning or evening and avoid watering on windy days to minimize evaporation.
- It's more efficient and effective to water your lawn a bit longer once a week, rather than for a short period every day.
- Lawns and gardens require only 5 millimeters of water per day during warm weather and even less during spring and fall. Soil cannot store extra water, so there is no need to over water in anticipation of a shortage.
- Consider xeriscaping your yard with drought tolerant plants and other landscape materials, reducing the amount of lawn in your yard will save you money and water.
- Most shrubs and young trees need water only once per week, even in warm weather.
- Lawn clippings are over 50% water. Leave them on your lawn.
- Clean your sidewalks and driveways with a broom instead of the garden hose.
- Aerating your lawn once a year allows water to reach the roots rather than running off your lawn.
- Use sprinkler devises with large water drops. Mist or small droplets evaporate very quickly.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees. This applies water directly to the roots.
- Do not turn on sprinklers and leave them running continuously for the entire day. Use shut-off timers or on/off timers, if possible, instead.
- Check sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting, 6.5 centimeters. Taller grass holds water better, shades roots, chokes out weeds and saves on water.
- Spread a layer of mulch on exposed soil in your garden and under plants. It retains moisture and minimizes weed growth, saving you money, time and water.
- Watch the City of Regina website and news, they offer free mulch days to residents.
- Rake leaf litter onto flower and garden beds in the fall, it will decompose over the winter improving your soil and will retain moisture better over the summer.
- Check your pool and hot tub systems regularly for liner and pipe leaks.
- Install covers on pools and hot tubs to reduce evaporation, and keep them clean.
- When backwashing your pool use the wastewater in your yard instead of letting it go down the storm drain.
- When cleaning your fish tank use the nutrient rich water to water your plants.
- Avoid recreational toys that require constant water flow.