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Choose Your Water Weapons Wisely

September 1, 2016

Welcome back! If you missed out on the last post about saving water in the garden, you can check it out here.

But back to the important topic – saving water in the garden. Here are some more tips to add to what you’ve already (hopefully) read.

1. Choose your weapons (tools) wisely. There are plenty of water-saving devices that you can you to help water your plants AND save water at the same time. Start off with a water-saving garden hose nozzle that can be picked up at your local gardening or hardware store.

2. Much like the food on your plate when you were a toddler, try embracing that bit of OCD and segregate your plants – so they never touch. Grouping together the plants that have similar drinking habits allows for more efficient and effective watering. By separating the binge drinkers, the social drinkers, and the abstainers from one another, providing the proper amount of fluid is easy to accomplish without over or under watering.

3. We all know it’s hot and miserable during the summer. So why bother putting yourself in that miserable heat to water your plants? Watering in the middle of the day could be a waste of your time (and water) because the sun will evaporate most of the water. Try watering your plants when it’s a bit cooler and the sun isn’t scorching down on you… like early in the morning, or late in the evening. This way, the water can soak all the way into the soil.

4. Know your limit! Know how much water and how long a plant needs. Too much or too little can kill your plant. That defeats the purpose of you trying to growing something…

5. If a sprinkler sprays on the concrete, does anyone see it? If not, that’s a problem. Make sure that it’s actually watering the grass and plants and NOT the sidewalk, pavement, driveway, street, etc. That’s just wasting water on something that doesn’t require water… duh.

6. Speaking if sprinklers, if you have a sprinkler system, consider using a professional to do an irrigation system audit. These audits can help see where there are water inefficiencies and how to improve performance. Or if you don’t have one and are considering putting one in, find a professional that is certified with WaterSense to assist with the either the installation or the irrigation system audit.

Take these tips (or else) to help start your water-saving ways in the garden. Happy gardening!