Wednesday, April 1

More ways to conserve water

Just because it is not World Water Day does not mean we can’t still think about ways to conserve water.

Here are a few more tips I thought you might find helpful. These tips focus on outdoor water conservation.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money
  • If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption
  • When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants
  • For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow
  • Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements
  • Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it's needed
  • Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors
  • Get and use a rain barrel
  • Bonus: Have a plumber re-route your gray water to trees and gardens rather than letting it run into the sewer line! (Check with your city codes, and if it isn't allowed in your area, start a movement to get that changed)

For many, many more tips visit Water Use It

Share your outdoor water saving tip!

1 comment:

Kathleen W. said...

I love the ice cube idea, since the water nearly always spills out when I water the hanging baskets.

This year I want to try and use some greywater from the washer to water the plants. We have a washer with a hose on the front that I can siphon out some of the water into a bucket.