It’s easier than ever to learn how to use water more efficiently, and preserve the future of our most precious natural resource.
WaterSense Water Budget Tool
About one-half of the water we use at home is applied outdoors. Please consider using plants in your yard that don’t need very much watering. Did you know that clustering similar types of plants in your landscape helps you use water more efficiently? See how in our new two-minute Water Smart Tips video “Right Plants Right Place”. Save water, save money. It’s easy!
Install Rotary Sprinkler Nozzles
If you’re over watering your lawn, you may want to consider taking a few minutes to install rotary sprinkler nozzles. These nozzles reduce the amount of water applied to your lawn by up to 30% over traditional designs. A simple change-out of nozzles can Save Water, and Save Money. It’s so easy, a kid can do it!
Use Catch Cups
Use catch cups to find out how much water your sprinkler system is putting on your yard.
Water Smart Tips – Run Times
This videos show you “how to” find out how long your sprinkler system needs to run in order to water your yard.
More Smart Tips!
Click on the link below to learn from more advice from Tinnes Lawn Service. Thanks for your contribution Stephen Tinnes, who also serves on our Board.
link to PDF: Watering Your Lawn Tips
The heat is on! Use New Technologies to Save Water and Save Money!
As July’s temperatures rise you may use more water to irrigate your lawn, and you may notice the increase when you water bill arrives! Consider using new technologies that can help save water and save money. Watch our new video to learn how.
Where and How You Wash Your Car Matters
Save Water, Save Money – It’s Easy!
Recent rain showers and cool temperatures have certainly been a nice break from the summer’s hot weather. One thing you’ve probably kept doing regardless of the weather is washing your car. Did you know that some car washes clean and recycle the water that is used in the car wash? This helps to keep road grime and soap from ending up in our streams, rivers, and lakes. And regardless of whether you use a car wash or wash your car at home, there are some simple tips to use water efficiently when washing your car. Watch our new video to learn how.
For more Water Smart Tips on outdoor watering practices, please see…
Some Great Water Conservation Tips
Guidelines for when to water:
- Irrigate when footprints or mower tracks become visible or the lawn become blue-gray in color.
- Slowly apply water at rates that replace evaporation so runoff and puddles do not occur.
- Move your sprinkler around the yard in cycles to let the water thoroughly and evenly soak in.
- Water dry spots instead of the entire lawn.
- Water between 9PM & 9AM to avoid evaporation losses from hot and windy weather conditions.
Additional Ways to Conserve Water for Landscaping
- Make sure the irrigation system is operating properly, replace broken or missing sprinkler heads.
- Make sure the spray heads turn properly & check nozzles for plugging.
- Adjust heads so that water does not reach streets and driveways.
- Place straight-sided containers (such as tuna fish cans) around the yard during irrigation and measure water depth so that you know how long it takes to apply ¼ to ½ inch of water.
- Place containers on persistent dry spots to determine if poor sprinkler coverage is the problem.
- Never water if the soil is still wet.
Managing the Water Needs of Plants
- Reset automatic controllers according to the seasonal needs of plants. Inspect controls at least once a month to adjust run times.
- Shaded plants use less water than plants in full sun.
Mulching for Water Conservation
Mulching reduces evaporation from the soil surface and reduces irrigation needs by approximately 50%!
- Use an organic mulch to a depth of approximately 4 inches.
- Grass clippings can be used as mulch in the vegetable garden. Do not use clippings from lawns treated with herbicides or other pesticides in the past month.
- Use spun or woven permeable landscape fabrics rather than solid sheet plastics.