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Outdoor Water Saving Tips

  • Water early in the morning to help reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
  • When watering, position your sprinkler to avoid watering hard surfaces like driveways and patios.
  • Sweep don't spray. Use a broom to clear driveways, sidewalks and patios instead of a hose.
  • If you have an irrigation system, make sure it's running efficiently. Consider installing a rain sensor. Rain sensors save water by turning off your system when it rains.
  • If you are concerned about the efficiency of your irrigation system, contact a Water Smart Irrigation Professional and ask them to complete a water efficient assessment for your residential or business irrigation system.
  • Add a three-inch layer of mulch to your garden. This will help retain moisture in the soil during dry periods.
  • Weed on a regular basis. Weeds use water and other nutrients that are needed to sustain healthy plants in the garden.
  • Mow at higher height and mulch clippings. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. The longer grass will shade the roots and help retain moisture in the soil.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering gardens and landscapes.
  • Determine the water needs of your garden. Water deeply but infrequently and adjust to the season and weather.
  • Limit the amount of water you use to water your lawn. Grass only requires 25mm or 1 inch of water per week (including rainfall) to encourage deep, strong root growth to allow for the lawn to manage hot, dry periods in the summer.
  • 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.
  • If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce water loss through evaporation.
  • Check all your outside taps, hoses, faucets and sprinklers for leaks. Stopping a drip can save a lot of water and money.
  • Take your vehicle to a car wash instead of washing in your driveway

Revised: Wednesday August 05 2020

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