Saving water tips for drought stricken areas
by: Article provided by Guzman's greenhouse, published the: 2004-08-02
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Remember to follow city and county water restrictions. Try to use low watering or Xeriscaping plants for your garden or landscaping home. Especially in the lower elavations of the southwestern United States and other hot and dry countries.
Use a water timer for all plants, lawns, trees, and shrubs.
Save water by using a drip system. Check your yellow pages for landscaping or drip system for installtions. Most drip systems are inexpensive and easy to install.
Always water in the early morning hours, especially your lawn. Avoid watering during the mid hours.
Watering during the late hours and standing water may promote fungus and diseases.
Check your sprinkler system to make sure you are NOT watering the drive way or your neighbors yard.
Be sure all sprinker hoses are not leaking, blocked or pinched.
Chose Bermuda sod or grasses over others, as it is drought tolerant and requires less maintenance.
Deep Watering is much better than shallow watering. Make sure water drains well.
Remember that most trees, plants and shurbs need little watering once they are well established. This is usually around 4-6 months.
Use a soaker hose for most plants as this provides for less evaporation.
Always use a good mulch for planting trees, shrubs or plants. Mulch will help retain water.
Do NOT use a water hose to spray debris from pavement or sidewalks. Use a push broom instead.
Use a bucket to wash your vehicle. Use a good "Car Wash" detergent that helps prevent streaks. Use a hand held nozzle that will turn off after rinsing your vehicle.
Shut off water sprinklers and drip systems right after a good rainfall.
Avoid watering during windy days. Wind will make water evaporate much faster.
Keep your mower blades sharpened, dull blades tear grass making it take more water to recuperate.
Keep your yard maintained on a year round bases. Mow, prune, and weed out.
Save the long hot baths for special occasions. Take short showers instead.
Do not turn your cooler on until it is at least 80-85 degress. You evaporative cooler will use much less water.
Be sure to slightly open your window in each room so that warm air will escape.
Maintain your evaporative cooler - check for leaks and proper water flow.
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