Outdoor water usage can account for more than 50% of a home's water usage during the summer. Using more effective means increases efficiency and decreases your water bill.
- Do not over-water. Healthy lawns need no more than one inch of water per week.
- Make sure only landscaped areas are being watered, not the sidewalk or driveway.
- Encourage deeper grass roots by watering slowly and less frequently.
- Dormant lawns can survive for over four weeks without water.
- Use a broom to clean off sidewalks and driveways, rather than spraying down with a hose.
- Water only in the early morning and during the cooler hours of the evening, when evaporation is minimal.
- Put mulch down to minimize evaporation and increase water retention. Is also help to eliminate weeds.
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust use according to the weather.
- Landscaping with native plants, xeriscaping, required less maintenance and less water.