- Use natural fertilizers like compost, manure, bone meal or peat whenever possible. Composting decreases the need for fertilizer and helps oil retain moisture. Don’t know how to compost? Visit GEF’s composting pages to learn how easy it is!
- Water grass at night or early morning to avoid evaporation - Watering your grass in the heat of the day allows the sun to evaporate much of the water before it’s absorbed into the soil, causing the need for more frequent watering. Watering grass in the evening or early morning before the sun rises achieves the same healthy lawn with less water.
- Use native plants to landscape - Plants that are native to a region are able to better survive in that region naturally, without the need for extra water or fertilizer. Find out which native plants are available for your area.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Wash your car with water from a bucket rather than using the hose, or find a car wash that uses recycled water.
- If you have a pool, make sure it is covered when not in use to prevent evaporation.
- During the summer, avoid using recreational water toys that use a constant stream of water, like sprinklers. But, if you do, have your kids use them on areas of your yard that need more water.
- Collect outdoor water - Setting up a rain barrel is an easy way to gather water for irrigation and other outdoor uses. Learn how to make your own or purchase one at http://www.rainbarrelguide.com/.
- Position your sprinklers so they don’t spray the sidewalks or driveway. This ensures all the water is sprayed on the lawn and not wasted on hard surfaces.
- Clean your driveway and sidewalks by sweeping instead of using the hose.
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