July 2014 – MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT!

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Ways to conserve water in your garden:

  • Mulch planting beds with newspaper, leaves, bark, or wood chips. Mulches retain soil moisture and improve soil quality
  • Water your plantings with a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system. Less water evaporates this way than with a sprinkler, and you target your watering.
  • Use a timing device with any watering system. Water only in early mornings or late evenings.
  • Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Don’t water the gutter – direct all sprinkler heads away from sidewalks and driveways.
  • Use “wasted” water for your plants. A rain barrel or cistern that captures rainfall from your roof is a great garden reservoir. In some areas, gray water – water from bathing or washing clothes – can legally be diverted to garden use.
  • Plant native species which are drought-tolerant, require less water, and attract native insects, which in turn will attract native birds. http://content.yardmap.org/explore is Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s site to identify the plants and insects for your region.
  • Group similar water usage plants together.
  • Consider reducing turf grass areas and plant with drought-tolerant species and xeriscape landscaping.
  • For bird-friendly yards and gardens: National Wildlife Federation, Garden for Wildlife http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife.aspx

    Check out these sites for more water usage facts and suggestions on how you can help conserve water in your everyday life: glendaleaz.com/waterconservation, wateruseitwisely.com, srpnet.com/wateradvice and http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ConserveWater.htm

    MAKE IT PERSONAL AND BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

    2 Comments

    2 Responses to July 2014 – MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT!

    1. Gail Spratley says:

      Great tips and very informative article!

    2. Ruth Osterlind says:

      Very good information . . . I have a drip irrigation system at my house. It is important to check the system periodically for leaks and blowouts. Had a major leak this week that I repaired. Wonder how much water was wasted by the leak?

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