Seasonal Watering Tips
INDOOR WATERING TIPS:
Don’t forget to check your faucets for leaks ?! Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Everyday Water Use
- Do not let the faucet run while brushing your teeth. Just wet your toothbrush and fill a small glass with water for rinsing out your mouth.
- Limit showers to no longer than 5-minutes.
- Select the appropriate water level for the size of your load of laundry or dishes.
- Rotate plants toward the light whenever you water them to keep them growing straight.
- Water hanging plants with ice cubes to keep water from spilling out of the bottom.
- Use pots made from non-porous material such as plastic to help plants retain moisture longer
OUTDOOR WATERING TIPS:
Lawn care When the weather is hot, outdoor water usage increases significantly. The good news is that most lawns can thrive with less water than you think.
When to Water
- To determine if your grass needs watering, step on it. If it springs back up, it doesn’t need watering. If the blades of the grass lie flat, it’s time to water.
- Turn the sprinklers on at a low speed to avoid wasteful run-off. Remember, over-watering promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less hardy.
- Water early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set to help prevent losing water to evaporation. As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation.
- If using automatic sprinklers, install a rain sensor to avoid watering on rainy days.
How to Water
- Water slowly and thoroughly during cool, windless hours, and as infrequently as possible. Never water to the point of run-off.
- If necessary, water in several short sessions rather than one long one. Three ten-minute sessions spaced 30 minutes apart will allow your lawn to better absorb moisture.
- Let grass grow taller in hot weather. Most southern lawns will thrive if they receive one inch of water per week during the summer.