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Water-wise Landscaping Tips

  
Here are some suggestions on how to conserve water outside:
  • Don't drown your lawn:  Avoid over-watering lawns and gardens.  Water deeply, less often.
  • Watch the clock:  Water between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. when the sun is low, winds are calm, and temperatures are cool to avoid evaporation.
  • Raise the blade:  Trim grass at a higher mower setting -- at least 2½ to 3 inches.
  • Check your sprinkler heads:  At least once a month, check your sprinkler heads to make sure everything is working properly.
  • Play the zone:  Divide your yard and landscaping into separate irrigation zones so grass can be watered separately and more frequently than groundcovers, shrubs, and trees.
  • You can never have too much mulch:  Mulching around plants helps keep moisture in.
  • Aerate:  Aerate in the spring and in the fall.
  • Fertilize:  Use less nitrogen, and use a slow release application.  Use formulas with higher phosphorous and potassium (like a winterizer fertilizer)
  • Be rain smart:  Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change.  Don't water right after a heavy rain.