Water conservation is one of the most cost-effective
and environmentally sound ways to reduce our demand on our limited
Spring is on its way. People will start to plant
their gardens and to spend more time outside in their yards. As
this happens, it's important to keep some basic outdoor watering
tips in mind. Yard watering can account for up to 75% of your
domestic water use. The list below outlines some ways to reduce
your outside water usage:
Stop hose and sprinkler leaks.
Water when your plants show signs of
needing water, rather than by a rigid schedule. Dull leaves and
wilting are common signs water is needed.
Water in the evening when the air is
still, or early in the morning.
Sprinkler systems with timers are the
most efficient means of watering.
Measure your sprinkler's delivery. Use
a can or coffee mug to collect the spray for 15 minutes. Measure
how many inches fall in different areas to make sure the spray
Dig ground basins around shrubs and trees,
or use a soaker.
Use drip lines in flower beds.
Aerate lawns for better water penetration.
Prune back heavy foliage, reducing leaf
area reduces water needs.
Phase in drought-tolerant trees, shrubs,
grasses, and native plants such as manzanita, bushpoppies, and hollyleaf
Adjust your mower for a tall lawn. If
you cut your lawn too low, the roots dry out quickly.
Step on your lawn. If moisture is low,
the blades will not spring back. That's the best sign that water
Drop by the District office and pick
up information on water wise plants.