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Lawn & Garden Tips

  1. Use native, water-wise plants. These plants require less water and less care.
  2. Water in the morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation.
  3. Be sure to check outdoor hoses, faucets and sprinklers for leaks.
  4. Match plants to your yard conditions. Many plants die because they are planted in the wrong location.
  5. Group plants according to water needs. This makes watering more efficient. Avoid locating drought-resistant plants near water hungry plants.
  6. Plant in the spring or fall when watering requirements are lower.
  7. Improve your soil by adding compost. Compost increases the ability of soil to hold water.
  8. Apply surface mulch (organic matter) around plants. This reduces evaporation.
  9. Water slowly and deeply.
  10. Aerate our lawn annually if you have compacted soil. This allows water to get to the roots..
  11. Do not cut the grass too short. During the growing season, a 2” to 3” height will create deeper roots and prevent burning from the sun.
  12. Minimize the amount of lawn. Lawns require at least twice as much water as most plants.
  13. Don’t water on windy days; you will waste more water on the street than you will put on you lawn.
  14. Consider setting a timer as a reminder to avoid unexpectedly high water consumption this summer. A forgotten hose or lawn sprinkler is one of the worst water wasters.
  15. Collect rainwater in a barrel and use it to water non-edible plants.