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Water Wise Gardening Tips
Water Wise Gardening Tips
by Carol Yaw
Watering Tips for gardeners
Garden smarter. Save water and save money on your water bill!

  1. During dry spells, a heavier soaking 2-3 times a week is more effective than a light daily watering.
  2. Hand watering allows you to inspect each plant and quickly spot any concerns.
  3. Inspect all hoses for leaks and make sure all connections fit tightly.
  4. Improve your soil with lots of organic matter. This slows down the transpiration of water giving plants longer to take in what they need. Before you plant, mix in extra compost, shredded leaves, compost manure, or peat moss.
  5. Install a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation minimizes evaporation loss and easily saves up to 60% of the water used by a sprinkler system. Plan for different beds to be on separate water timing schedules depending on their particular water needs. A soaker hose also applies water slowly and evenly to the root zone, minimizing water loss.
  6. Mulch well. Mulch reduces evaporation, helping to retain water and can greatly reduce weeds. For best results, cover your beds with 4-6 inches of organic matter such as compost, bark, shredded leaves or newspaper, grass clippings or straw. Add one more inch of mulch each year.
  7. Water early in the morning or late in the evening. This maximizes water penetration and minimizes evaporation. Charely's Greenhouse watering supplies
  8. Water beds and lawn infrequently, but slowly and deeply. This encourages roots to grow deeper and is more effective than frequent, shallow watering.
  9. Control Weeds. Weeds compete with other plants for water. Conserve on water by weeding diligently.
  10. Design for your plants watering needs. Choose plants that are native to your area and drought tolerant. Group plants together with similar watering needs.
  11. Reduce the size of your lawn. Turf grass is extremely water and labor intensive. Mow high and often, leaving the clippings. Consider letting your lawn go brown during the warmest season, but still water at least once a month.
  12. Prune. Pruning strengthens plants and makes them less water-dependent.
  13. Harvest as soon as veggies and fruits are ripe. Discard spent or diseased plants ASAP.
  14. Collect Free water. Use a water barrel to capture and store chemical free water for gardening.