More Ways to Save Water in Your Garden


  • Check for and repair leaky hose connections and sprinkler valves. Small leaks can be very wasteful.
  • Water in the cool parts of the day to cut down on evaporation.
  • Add compost to your soil to improve its water-holding capacity.
  • Ask your nursery person about low-water-using turf, and raise your lawnmower cutting height. Longer grass blades help shade each other and cut down on evaporation.
  • Don’t over-water – water only when the soil is dry.
  • Water trees and shrubs – which have deep root systems – longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants, which require smaller amounts of water or more often.
  • When planting, remember that smaller-size container plants require less water to become established.
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