Water Saving Tips: Outdoors
Saving Water Outdoors
Tips on how to save water outdoors
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Outside Your Home:
- Water your lawn and garden before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. on your appointed watering day only to avoid excess evaporation from the sun (and abide by water restrictions).
- Only irrigate 1/2 to 3/4 inch of water, one day per week. This thorough and infrequent irrigation encourages a deep root system and healthy lawn that is less susceptible to drought conditions.
Not sure how long to water your landscape with your automatic irrigation system to accomplish ½ to ¾ inch? Generally, rotor zones should be set to at least 45 minutes to an hour. Spray zones are generally set between 20 and 30 minutes. Still not sure, call our office to schedule a specialist visit to your home.
- Consider skipping an irrigation cycle by turning the system to the off position, if it has rained 1/2" the day of or before your scheduled irrigation.
- Conduct a monthly walk of the irrigation system to check for broken, leaky or misaligned heads. Run no more than 10 minutes per zone. Most controllers have a test mode.
- Adjust sprinkler heads so they are not overspraying onto pavement or other hard surfaces.
- Do not irrigate on windy days. Much of the water will blow away and therefore not reach plants.
- Only water every other week in the Months of December, January and February. Lawns require less water in the winter months.
- Raise mower blades to a height of at least 3-1/2 to 4 inches, the preferred height for most St.Augustinegrass and Bahiagrass varieties. Maintaining taller grass heights encourages deeper roots and a healthy, hardy lawn.
- Plant more shrubs and less grass. Mature shrubs and ground covers require less maintenance and water while providing year-round greenery.
- Apply mulch around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds. Mulch keeps over 70% of water from evaporating.
- Install a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
- Wash your car by wetting it quickly. Then, turn off the spray and wash with soapy water from a bucket. Rinse quickly.
- Never use a hose to clean dirt off pavement. Use a broom.