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.