What's the issue?
Did you know that individually we use about 77 gallons of water each day? When we over-water our lawns, that process can easily carry pollution to the storm drains and then to our lakes and streams. By using less water on our lawns we can help prevent some of this pollution. And remember, saving water also saves money!
What are some helpful tips?
Here are some simple steps you can take use less water to maintain a healthy lawn and help keep our water clean. Give them a try. A few simple changes can make a big difference!
Generally, your lawn needs about an inch of water a week. Over-watering lawns results in shallow-rooted plants that are less tolerant of heat and drought, and more prone to disease. Avoid over-watering by using a rain gauge and watering only when necessary, instead of using a fixed schedule.
Improve your aim
Adjust your sprinklers to water only your lawn and plants — not your driveway, sidewalk, or street.
Place a thick layer of mulch (e.g., four inches) around trees and plants. This helps retain water, reduce weeds, and minimize the need for pesticides.
Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom, instead of a hose. You'll save water and keep unwanted pollutants out of the storm drain.
Put rainwater to work
Use rainwater to water your plants. Direct downspouts toward your plants and green areas or collect water with rain barrels for use later.
Make your lawn cheaper and easier to maintain by mowing high (three inches or more is recommended). Longer grass has deeper roots and requires less water.