What are some tips for saving water outdoors?

Water-Saving Tips for Outdoors

  • Water before 5:30 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. and avoid watering on windy days. If you sprinkle your lawn under the hot midday sun, you will lose as much as 30% of your water to evaporation.
  • Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist, which increases evaporation. Lawns can only absorb water so fast. It's better to water your lawn for three, 10-minute sessions (with each session 30 minutes apart) than it is to water steadily for 30 minutes and cause runoff.
  • Water your lawn only when the grass does not spring back up when you step on it. Keep grass at least two inches high to shade roots and hold moisture.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Water trees slowly, deeply, and infrequently to encourage deep rooting.
  • Aerate lawns regularly and put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and discourage weed growth. Weeds are water thieves, so keep the garden free of them.
  • Keep track of how long you water. A kitchen timer is a handy reminder for turning off sprinklers.
  • Make sure sprinklers cover just the lawn or garden, not sidewalks, driveways, and gutters.
  • Use a spray nozzle with a cutoff handle on your hose so water doesn't flow continuously. Your garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours. Thousands of gallons can be lost in a very short time.
  • Check your hose connections often for leaks. Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad because they are not as visible. But, they can be just as wasteful as leaks inside.
  • Don't run the hose while washing your car. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water. Use the hose just for rinsing.
  • Use a broom or leaf blower, not a water hose, to clean driveways, sidewalks, and patios.

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