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Ten Ways to Conserve Water in your Garden

Does your water bill go up every summer from watering your lawn and garden? Do you cringe at the amount of water being wasted? Follow these 10 tips to water your garden without sacrificing the health of your plants.

  1. Timing is everything. Water your plants in the morning or evening, when the day is at its coolest. This helps prevent water from evaporating from the surface of the soil, allowing more to soak in.
     

  2. Watch the weather. If it's going to rain later in the day, there's no need to water in the morning.
     

  3. Use rain barrels. Save some of the rain for watering later by catching it in the barrel.

     

  4. Weed, weed, weed. Weeds drink up water and nutrients, and you don't want your plants competing with them. Get them out of your garden as soon as possible.
     

  5. Mulch. Not only does it make your yard look good, it also retain moisture.
     

  6. Mow less often. Your lawn may not grow fast enough to need mowing once a week. Keep your lawn around 3 inches high to maintain moisture and keep roots growing strong.
     

  7. Rearrange your garden. Place plants with similar water needs near each other, so you can soak the area and use less water in other places.
     

  8. Use shade to your advantage. Some plants don't need full sun to grow properly, so you can plant them in the shade. These areas will stay moist longer, requiring less water.
     

  9. Don't use a sprinkler. Use sprinklers and other watering systems only if you really need them. They will often throw water where it's not needed. Eliminating them will ensure you're in control of where the water goes.
     

  10. Check for leaks. Outside faucets and spigots are often neglected, but leaks can be easily fixed. Check your faucets and replace if needed, as this will help save water. (And reduce your bill!)


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