Water tips for outside the home

 Water tips for outside the home

Landscape
  • 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.
An overwatered lawn can be just as a bad as an underwatered one. In Colorado Springs, most lawns only need to be watered three days a week during summer, and just one to two days during spring and fall.
 

Other outdoor tips

Vehicles

  • 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.