23 Great Tips on Saving Water No Matter Where You Live
1. Use a water timer for all plants, lawns, trees, and shrubs.
2. Save water by using a drip system. Check your local yellow pages for landscaping or drip system for installations. Most drip systems are inexpensive and easy to install.
3. Always water in the early morning hours, especially your lawn. Avoid watering during the mid or late hours. Who knows what you might see!
4. Watering during the late hours and standing water may promote fungus and diseases. You will save water by watering in the early morning hours.
5. Check your sprinkler system to make sure you are NOT watering the drive way or your neighbors yard.
6. Be sure all sprinkler hoses are not leaking, blocked or pinched.
7. Chose Bermuda sod or grasses over others, as it is drought tolerant and requires less maintenance. Check with your local nursery for other types of low water grasses.
8. Deep Watering is much better than shallow watering. Make sure water drains well.
9. Remember that most trees, plants and shurbs need little watering once they are well established. This is usually about 1 year after being planted.
10. Use a soaker hose for most plants as this provides for less evaporation.
11. Always use a good mulch for planting trees, shrubs or plants. Mulch will help retain water.
12. Do NOT use a water hose to spray debris from pavement or sidewalks. Use a push broom instead.
13. Use a bucket to wash your vehicle. Use a good "Car Wash" detergent that helps prevent streaks. Use a hand held nozzle that will turn off after rinsing your vehicle.
14. Shut off water sprinklers and drip systems right after a good rainfall.
15. Avoid watering during windy days. Wind will make water evaporate much faster.
16. Keep your mower blades sharpened, dull blades tear grass making it take more water to recuperate.
17. Keep your yard maintained on a year round bases. Mow, prune, and weed out. Your neighbors will appreciate it and you will feel better afterwards.
18. Save the long hot baths for special occasions. Take short showers instead.
19. Do not turn your cooler on until it is at least 80-85 degrees. You evaporative cooler will use much less water.
20. Be sure to slightly open your window in each room so that warm air will escape.
21. Water conservation requires that you maintain your evaporative cooler - check for leaks and proper water flow.
22. Install efficient shower heads. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
23. Bath with your significant other! Yes take a bath or showers with your spouse, you could almost cut your water bill in half!
If you have other great water saving tips please contact us.
Gary & Paul Guzman are the authors of this article:
Gary is the owner and Color Your World Nurseries Located in Las Cruces, NM.
Paul is the webmaster of www.guzmansgreenhouse.com
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