Tips to Saving Water Outside Your Home
Follow these water conservation tips so you can lower your bill and preserve this valuable resource.
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. A Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Year-round Water Conservation Measures prohibits sprinkling between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Irrigate with about 3/4 inch of water. Less water means a shallow root system and little drought tolerance for your plants and grass. Too much water can drive nutrients and pesticides into the underground aquifer from which most of our drinking water is supplied.
- Be sure sprinklers water only your lawn and not pavement or other hard surfaces.
- Never water on windy, rainy or very hot days.
- Mulch keeps over 70% of water from evaporating.
- Lawns will only require watering once every 10-14 days in the dry November to May season. A hearty rain can eliminate the need to water for as long as two weeks.
- Raise your mower blade to a height of at least 3 inches. Taller blades of grass have deeper roots, and retain water better.
- Plant more shrubs and less grass. Shrubs and ground cover require less maintenance and less water and provide year-round greenery.
- Water plants using a slow trickle around the roots.
- Apply mulch around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
- Install a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
- Wash your car by wetting it quickly, turn off the spray, then wash it with soapy water from a bucket. Rinse quickly.
- Never use a hose to clean dirt off pavement. Use a broom.