Water tips for outside the home
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Water in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption. Learn about this technique by watching a short video on cycle soak irrigation.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it’s still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
- Choose shrubs and ground covers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Walkways and patios provide space that doesn't ever need to be watered. These useful "rooms" also add value to your property.
- Spread a layer of organic mulch around plants to retain moisture.
Other outdoor tips
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- When washing your car at home, be sure to use a positive shut-off nozzle on your hose.