Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Australia to South Africa, regions throughout the world are affected by drought
at one time or another. It's up to every one of us in these drought-stricken areas to actively do their part to conserve water. You may know about some ways to save water indoors, but how about outside? Follow these suggestions contributed by
1. Please Don't Water the SidewalkAdjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips and patches of lawn. Just think how nice it will be not to have to mow those random areas of turf.
2. Learn How to CompostHere's an idea that has double benefits: save wear-and-tear on your garbage disposal and organically and economically fertilize your landscaping. Instead of using the garbage disposal for everything, compost vegetable and fruit waste and save gallons of water.
3. Don't Water During the DaySmart gardeners have a secret to share: water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to help minimize evaporation.
4. Run-off? Shorten Your Watering TimeHave you ever noticed that water runs off your lawn easily and hits the sidewalk? Try dividing your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
5. Don't Water on Windy DaysDon't water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
6. The 3 M's: Mulch, Mulch & MulchSpreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
7. An Inexpensive Water-Saving Device: The BroomUse a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
8. Check Your Hoses for LeaksWe're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
9. Use Sprinklers for Large Areas of LawnUse sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
10. Do You Water When it Rains?Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.