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Outdoor Water Saving Tips

  1. Choosing perennials, shrubs and trees will save you time and water as they grow each year and need minimal watering after they are established.  Take a look at our Fusion Garden plant list for ideas.
  1. Consider using a rainbarrel during the growing season to offset water use. The Region offers rainbarrels at a subsidized cost.
  1. Adding a three inch layer of mulch to your garden will help retain moisture in the soil during dry periods.
  1. Add compost to your gardens. Compost works like a sponge and will help retain the moisture in the soil.
  1. Weed on a regular basis. Weeds use water and other nutrients that are needed to sustain healthy plants in the garden.
  1. Consider a water efficient assessment from a Water Smart Irrigation Professional for your residential or business irrigation system.
  1. If you have an automated irrigation system, install a rain sensor. Rain sensors save water by turning off your system when it rains.
  1. Install a soaker hose or drip line. Soaker hoses and drip lines add water slowly to the garden, supporting healthy root systems and can be covered by mulch.
  1. When running your sprinkler, position it to avoid watering hard surfaces like driveways and patios.
  1. Sweep don't spray. Use a broom to clear driveways, sidewalks and patios as a great alternative to using a hose.
  1. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. The longer grass will shade the roots and help retain moisture in the soil.
  1. Water in the early morning to help reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.

Revised: Thursday July 14 2016

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