Water Wisely to Conserve and Preserve
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March 01, 2013
Water your lawn and garden early in the morning when temperatures and evaporation rates are low. Choosing this time rather than mid-day reduces water loss from evaporation and wind.
What’s more, watering your lawn during the heat of the day can actually burn or scald the grass.
Nighttime irrigation isn’t ideal either, as the cool, moist conditions can cause lawn diseases to develop.
Here are a few other Energy Smart Plus (e+) tips from Your Own Utilities:
- Remember that 30 minutes twice a week is all your lawn needs. Watering too often can result in a weak, shallow-rooted lawn that become less tolerant to drought.
- Water when the grass begins to wilt and looks dull green. If you can see footprints after walking on the grass, then it’s time for more watering.
- Aim sprinklers properly to avoid watering paved areas.
- Mulch areas to help retain moisture and prevent erosion.
- Install moisture sensors on automatic irrigation systems to prevent programmed watering in the rain.
- Use native plants in the garden whenever possible for their drought-tolerance and ability to thrive with little, if any, fertilizer.
For more information on water-saving measures, call 891.4YOU (4968).
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