Boost Your Savings

Speak with our water-saving experts today to see how we can customize a conservation plan that fits your specific needs.

Let's Do this

Calling All Green Thumbs

August 19, 2016

9 BILLION gallons of water… That’s the amount of water that is used every day outside of your home… and ONLY outside of your home. c40374608f378977445e921c9daed76c

So how do all of you “gardeners” keep a green thumb and actually be green at the same time? Simple! Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Reuse water. Reuse that pot of cooking water after making dinner. Put it in a pail (or take a chance and look a little odd walking around your house with a pot) and water your plants. That’s recycling at its finest! Take it one step further and collect rain water and reuse that as well – no cooking pot required.

2. Not all plant containers are made equal – so choose wisely. For plants that are in a pot and not the garden bed, pick something that does not absorb liquid. Something with a nice finish or glazing would work perfectly. An unfinished pot allows moisture and air to move more freely meaning water is being robbed from your plants. Also, steer clear of metal pots for use outdoors. They heat up faster which means you’re turning that pot into a mini-oven causing any moisture to evaporate faster. On the other hand, using a metal pot inside your home is… cool.

3. Thank you very MULCH. Mulch is a plant’s best friend. It helps keep away weeds, eliminate erosion, protects plants from bad weather and (most importantly) helps conserve moisture to nourish those little roots. Check with your favorite horticulturalist to see if you are using the right mulch and soil to help grow that plant of yours.

4. Since we’re speaking about plants, why not choose the right plants for your environment? The EPA has a whole list of plants to choose from that don’t require a lot of water. Less water requirements mean less work – it’s a win-win!

5. Don’t throw out your grass clippings. Repurpose them. Grass clippings make an excellent mulch (see #3 for the benefits). But be sure to use ‘organic’ grass clippings. Any sort of pesticides that may have been used in your yard can be harmful to the plants.

6. GO BROWN. But this isn’t what you think. You definitely want to make sure your plants don’t go brown but consider having a lawn that isn’t all grass. Replace some of your existing turf to desert landscape. Desert landscape = less water needed!

Stay tuned for more tips on ways to save in the garden!

Until then, happy gardening!