May 31, 2006

Water Saving Tips 9 of 10


  • Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on top of the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.
  • Pick-up the phone and report significant water losses from broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water management district.
  • Bermuda grasses are dormant (brown) in the winter and will only require water once every three to four weeks or less if it rains.
  • Start a compost pile. Using compost when you plant adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
  • Use sprinklers that throw big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops of water and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
  • Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.
  • More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. Be sure only to water plants when necessary.
  • Cook food in as little water as possible. This will also retain more of the nutrients.
  • Adjust your watering schedule to the season. Water your summer lawn every third day and your winter lawn every fifth day.
  • Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 50 gallons a week.

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