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Irrigation Tips to Help You Save

July is National Irrigation Month and it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re conserving water where you can while still maintaining a green and vibrant landscape.

  • Adjust your sprinklers so that they’re watering your lawn and garden, and not the street or sidewalk. 
  • Water early in the morning (before 10am) or later in the evening (after 6pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  • Water established lawns about 1 inch per week (a bit more during hot, dry weather). 
  • Inspect your overall irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well-maintained system will save you money, water, and time. 
  • Consider replacing some turf area with low water use plants and ornamental grasses. They are easier to maintain than turf, look beautiful, and require far less water.
  • Group plants with like watering needs. Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires — not too much or too little.
  • Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.
  • Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  • Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If run off or puddling occurs, break longer watering sessions into several short sessions allowing water to soak into the soil between each session.
  • Remember to follow PWC’s year round Odd-Even Watering Schedules