Below are some ways you can save water in your landscape today.
Don’t water the pavement
Position sprinklers so that water lands on the lawn or garden, not in areas where it is not needed. Also avoid watering when it is windy. Wind causes water to evaporate quickly and blows water onto areas where it is not needed. Remember, if it doesn’t grow, don’t water it!
Water without waste
Interrupt watering when puddles or runoff occur. This allows the water to penetrate into the soil before resuming irrigation.
Cover your swimming pool
Covering a swimming pool will help reduce evaporation. An average sized pool can use about 1,000 gallons of water per month if left uncovered. A pool cover can cut the loss by up to 90%.
Design for savings
A mulch, bark, or rock area at least 8 inches wide adjacent to sidewalks and curbs will help eliminate water waste.
seasonal watering recommendations
Wondering how much you should water your plants during the fall months of September, October, and November? Check out the watering recommendations below. To find out how to measure the depth you are watering click here.
Maintain an efficient irrigation system
How to Avoid Water Waste
- Check your irrigation system at least once per month and repair leaks ASAP.
- A broken sprinkler can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute. If left unrepaired, that’s thousands of gallons per month – the same as running your dishwasher 333 times!
- Don’t let your irrigation system water streets, driveways, and sidewalks.
- Don’t water when it rains! An automatic rain sensor can shut down your sprinkler system for you. Learn more about an automatic rain sensor.
- Irrigate only when your plants need it. Use a long screwdriver or soil probe to check soil moisture. Depending on the type of plant – roots can be 12” to 24” deep.
How long does it take to deliver 10 gallons of water?
- 2 minutes with a hose
- 10 minutes with a 1 gallon/min bubbler (GPM)
- 10 hours with a 1 gallon/hour emitter (GPH)
When should I water and at what time of day?
- Schedule your watering times. Keeping a watering routine is not just important for conserving water but it’s critical in training your plants to thrive.
- Water between 7:00 pm and 11:00 am when temperatures are cooler and wind speeds lower.
- Adjust your watering schedule as the season changes; to ensure your landscape is not getting too much or too little water.
Convert your lawn to a beautiful desert friendly landscapes
Are you ready to re-design
Gardening in our hot dry climate can be difficult. We are encouraging homeowners to convert their high water grass lawns to more desert friendly landscapes.
- This saves water, time and money. A well designed desert friendly landscapes yard is easy to maintain because it works with our existing environment.
- Choose plants that don’t require much water, there are hundreds of desert adapted plants to choose from. Visit our Plants database to see a few.
The Water Authority offers generous rebates for the replacement of turf with desert friendly landscapes. Check out the rebates.
Call for a FREE Pre-Desert friendly Landscape Conversion Consultation
Not sure where to start? Give us a call and we’ll come check out your yard and help direct you on where to begin with making your yard more Desert friendly. Contact the WA Water Conservation Program Xeriscape Specialist at 505-289-3026 to schedule a visit.
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Water smart tips
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