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Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

Post Date:07/13/2018 3:34 PM
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    Tips on Outdoor Water Conservation

    1. Hold your garden hose close to the roots of plants so that there’s little waste and evaporative loss (soaker hoses are even more efficient).

    2. Water slowly so that the soil soaks up all the water you use. To avoid the possibility of disease (due to promotion of fungi growth), and minimize evaporation, the best time to water is very early morning hours (dawn to approximately 9 am). Avoid watering on windy days (which increases evaporation).

    3. Use the principles of Xeriscape (pronounced ZERE-AH-SCAPE). This landscaping method uses native and drought-tolerant plants, mulch to hold in moisture, and grouping plants according to your water and light needs.

    4. Never let water run unnecessarily. Installing a spray handle helps.

    5. Allow your grass to grow to approximately 3 inches before cutting.

    6. Install a timer and a rain sensor on outdoor irrigation systems.

    7. Position sprinklers so that they do not water the pavement. Do not over water allowing water to run down the street. Note that turf grasses can survive on as little as a half inch of water per week.

    8. When washing the car, place the car on the grass and use soap and water from a bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for the final rinse so that the water runs only when you need it.

    9. Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and sidewalks; instead use a broom, which will provide more exercise.

    10. Mulch plants to reduce evaporation and help retain moisture. Mulch is available from Chatham County at no charge. For more information, please call 912-652-6858.

    And of course:  Recycle the Rain by building rain barrels or cisterns.


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