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Garden Hoses

  1. Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly.
  2. Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
  3. Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, so don't leave the sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.
  4. Outfit your hose with a shut-off nozzle which can be adjusted down to fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, "Turn it Off" at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.
  5. Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks.

In the Yard

  1. Don't water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  2. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  3. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  4. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  5. Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled. Locate where there are mineral losses due to evaporation and wind drift.
  6. Choose shrubs and groundcovers, instead of turf, for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  7. Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  8. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.
  9. Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
  10. Rather than following a set watering schedule, check for soil moisture two to three inches below the surface before watering.
  11. Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  12. Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape.
  13. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  14. To decrease water from being wasted on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeated two to three times.
  15. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it's needed.
  16. Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
  17. Walkways and patios provide space that doesn't ever need to be watered. These useful "rooms" can also add value to your property.
  18. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  19. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
  20. We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  21. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.
  22. Direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems towards water-loving plants in the landscape for automatic water savings.
  23. For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.
  24. Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose which can be adjusted down to a fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, turn it off at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks. Check hose connectors to make sure plastic or rubber washers are in place. Washers prevent leaks.
  25. use a broom and bucket of water for washing down the patio rather than a steady flow of water from the hose.
  26. Install a water butt in the garden to collect the rain water. This will mean you always have water to use for watering the garden without the need to use fresh water from the hose.

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