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Water efficiency outside your home

Reducing the water you use outdoors can lower your water bill.

Tips for using less water on your lawn

If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce water loss. Uncovered pools can lose 30-50% of their water to evaporation. If the pool seems like it’s losing more water than usual, or if you find wet areas around the pool or a tear in the liner, there may be a leak. Contact a pool service professional for help.

Other information

Follow these actions to reduce water waste from your irrigation system:

  • Check the system for leaks and loose fittings.
  • Make adjustments to direct the water towards lawns and gardens rather than sidewalks and your driveway.
  • Schedule your system to suit the season and the weather. In the spring and fall you only need half the run time as you do on the hottest days of summer. Rain sensors prevent your irrigation system from watering during rainfall.
  • Prevent leaks by properly winterizing your system in the fall. Before the first frost, shut off your sprinkler system valve and use an air compressor to blow all of the water out of the system. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, call a certified Water Smart Irrigation Professional.
  • Before the growing season, complete a spring tune up: check for and fix any leaks and broken heads and check that the schedule is set properly.

Consider a Certified Irrigation Assessment

Consider getting a Water Smart Irrigation Professional (WSIP) Certified Irrigation Assessment.

Water Smart Irrigation Professionals are highly trained to provide high quality irrigation services.

They can assess how much water your system is using and how much water is needed to support a beautiful, healthy landscape.

Fusion Landscapes are beautiful outdoor spaces that are easier to maintain with less watering than traditional landscapes.

Some of the key elements that bring a Fusion Landscape to life include:

  • Using the right plant for the right place such as perennials that offer colour and visual impact.
  • Trees and shrubs providing height and shade.
  • Permeable pavers that allow for rainwater to move back into your soil.
  • Features such as rain barrels, to capture rainwater from downspouts to be used later.

A simple step-by-step guide to incorporate a Fusion Landscape onto your property:

  1. Start by reviewing your outdoor space. Do you have shady areas or sunny areas? Check if your property has any areas that may be considered wet or dry, this will also give you an idea of how hard or loose your soil is.
  2. Think about how you’d like to use your space. Are you looking for an area to attract birds and butterflies, an area to sit and enjoys a summer’s day, or maybe you want to add pockets of colour?
  3. Create a quick sketch of your ideal Fusion Landscape. Some examples: full sun, full shade, driveway border.
  4. Select Fusion plants that incorporate both beauty and colour and require less water.
  5. Get planting. Look back at your sketch and start placing your plants where you’d like to see them. Something as easy as laying out a garden hose can help you visualize the boundaries of your new landscape.
  6. Mulch will give your garden a finished look. It will help retain moisture and control weeds. A 3” – 4” base is recommended.
  7. Water your new plantings every 2-3 days for the first 4-6 weeks as plants establish themselves. Try using a rain barrel to collect rainwater and re-use it, around your property.

Consider a Fusion Landscape Professional

Looking for professional help? A Fusion Landscape Professional can assist you in bringing your landscape to life. These certified professionals have advanced industry knowledge and experience and can help you create beautiful landscapes with elements that manage rainwater where it falls, using rainwater as a resource. To learn more about Fusion Landscaping, visit fusionlandscapeprofessional.ca.