May 2008 e-Newsletter

Cut, Don't Run

There are a number of ways to save water and they all start with you! Pools, sprinklers, hoses – there are many ways to use water outdoors in the summertime and there are also countless ways to conserve it! If you are trying to support the “green” effort, consider some (or all) of the following tips for developing good H20 habits:

1. Water your lawn only when necessary; if you leave footprints when you walk across it, it’s time to water (usually once every 3 days).

2. Minimize evaporation by watering your lawn during the early morning when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

3. Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff and allow for better absorption.

4. Weed your lawn and garden regularly; weeds compete with other plants for nutrients and water.

5. When the kids want to play in the sprinkler, set it up in an area where the lawn needs it most.

6. Use sprinklers that throw big drops of water close to the ground.

7. Use a hose nozzle and turn off the water while you wash your car – you’ll save more than 100 gallons.

8. Use a screwdriver as a probe to test soil moisture; if it goes in easily, don’t water.

9. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so that only the lawn (not the house, sidewalk or street) is watered.

10. Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

11. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.

12. Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.

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