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25 February 2014

March 2014: Tips for Conserving Water in the Yard

Coachs cornerIMG 5652While the east side of the US is experiencing dramatic mood swings of nature in the form of moisture, we in the West are still under drought conditions. And, while we may not all be under water restrictions this summer, here are some steps you can take to reduce water consumption for your yard without a major makeover.

  1. Water audit your lawn sprinklers. It is a free service that will help you to be more water efficient. To signup go to www.slowtheflow.org or call 877-728-3420.
  2. Refer to the handy Utah Weekly Lawn Watering Guide based on real time field data at www.conservewater.utah.gov/WateringIndex/.
  3. Use a drip or micro-spray irrigation system for your beds of shrubs and flowers.
  4. Create a separate watering zone for the very low water plants. They will thrive and you will save water.
  5. Use timers. Set watering time and frequency for each station according to the needs of the plants with the sprinkler control box and/or faucet timers. Adjust them throughout the season according to the change in daylight hours, temperature, and natural moisture.
  6. Use drip irrigation on your garden and check the soil moisture frequently. Click here for an article on How to Know When to Water and for How Long.
  7. Use a layer of mulch to retain moisture.
  8. Use a broom to cleanup rather than the hose.