Water Saving Tips

Water saving tips help make sure that everyone does their part in their community during a drought or a heat wave.

California has been making headlines for the drought, but it’s not the only state that’s experiencing water issues. It is more important now than ever to learn how you can save water in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Trulia recently shared an informative post with seven tips on how you can save water.

Water Saving Tips

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Water saving tips

  1. 1. Be sprinkler savvy
  2. 2. Water when it matters
  3. 3. Use a drip system
  4. 4. Collect rainwater
  5. 5. Adjust your lawn mower
  6. 6. Use mulch
  7. 7. Opt for natural beauty

Whether you are an owner or renter, the yard work of a home may fall on your to-do list. Be sure that you are following the city guidelines as we encounter the summer heat.

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1. Be sprinkler savvy
Your automatic sprinkler can be a huge help when it comes to keeping your yard looking its best, but it can also be a huge water — and money — waster.
First, make sure your sprinklers are watering your lawn, not the driveway or road, and frequently check the system for leaks. Consider installing rain and/or moisture sensors that will turn sprinklers off if it’s raining or if the ground is already saturated.

2. Water when it matters
Water your lawn only in the morning. In the heat of the day, that water will touch the surface and then quickly evaporate — leaving you with less than ideal results.
A rain gauge can help you track how much water your yard is getting — about an inch of water per week is all it really needs. During especially dry times, it’s best to just leave the yard alone. Yes, it will brown, but it will be dormant and bounce back once it gets cooler, saving loads and loads of water.

3. Use a drip system
For the ease of a sprinkler system but with far less waste, opt for a drip-irrigation system. With this type of system, a hose riddled with tiny holes is placed throughout your yard, allowing small amounts of water to seep directly into the ground over long periods — exactly what your yard needs to thrive.

4. Collect rainwater
Stock up on water when you can to use around your yard and garden. Turn gutters into your own personal watering system by directing them into much-needed areas in your yard. Or, install a rain barrel to collect the runoff from your gutters.
Check local laws first, as there may be restrictions on water collection.

5. Adjust your lawn mower
No matter how unruly your yard looks, don’t mow it down as low as it will go. Set your lawn mower blade a bit higher than usual, or at least 3 inches. Longer blades of grass shade each other, reducing some evaporation. Longer blades also mean longer roots, so the grass can reach water deeper than it normally would.

6. Use mulch
A fresh layer of mulch around shrubs and trees will hold nutrients and moisture much longer than plain old dirt. Go green and make a compost of food and lawn waste to add to the mix. You’ll see that your trees and plants will need less water than before.

7. Opt for natural beauty
Cut out the need for watering outdoors altogether by removing your grass. You can replace most of it with porous paving stones, which allow water to soak through to the ground.

You will want some plants in your yard to help absorb the rain and prevent runoff, however. The best plants to choose, as well as the easiest to care for, are those native to the region. If you live in a dry, drought-prone area, chances are, you’ll need to plant desert shrubs and cactuses. You’ll find that these plants will thrive without excessive watering.

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