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OUTDOOR WATER SAVING TIPS
In Utah the average person uses 60% of their drinking water to water their landscape.
Follow these simple tips to see how you can save water and money outside your home and maintain the beautiful landscape you desire.
- Avoid spray washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces. Use a broom instead.
- Use a bucket to wash your car or take it to a carwash instead of using the hose.
- Check outside faucets for leaks and make any repairs necessary.
- Check, adjust, and repair your entire irrigation system components frequently. Pay special attention to possible broken, leaky, or malfunctioning sprinkler heads and valves.
- Adjust misaligned sprinkler heads to water landscaped areas only.
- Only water your lawn when needed.
- Watering late night or early morning are the best times to minimize evaporation, allowing water to percolate into the soil.
- Modify watering cycles. For example, instead of running each zone of your sprinkler system for 30 minutes, consider running each zone for 7-8 minutes in three consecutive cycles allowing a 5-10 minute break between each cycle.
- Use sprinklers for larger grassy areas, drip systems for planters, and water by hand small pots and brown grass patches.
- Use higher settings in your lawn mower. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
- Weed your lawn regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
- Use fertilizers only in small portions as needed. Although they promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption.
- Use native plants in your landscape - they look beautiful and use less water than regular turf.
- Turn sprinklers off following a rainstorm. Discontinue watering until landscaped areas are in need of water.
- Adjust sprinkler schedule according to the season.
- Water manually only when needed during early and late season months.
- Group plants according to water needs and set a specific irrigation zone for these. For example, trees and shrubs may have different watering requirements than turf grasses.