You can’t run forever. Neither should hoses. Sprinklers aren’t necessary every day. To stay healthy and green, your lawn only needs 2.5cm of water per week. Every drop after that is water that could have been used for something else.
Hoses waste water when the day is hotter. Midday heat from the sun can evaporate hose water before it reaches the grass. Want to make every drop count? Water your lawn when it’s cooler, early in the morning or late in the evening.
Drive your car away to keep hoses at bay. It’s better to visit a carwash than to hose down your car in the driveway. Not only do carwashes use less water, they also do a great job of controlling runoff so less detergent reaches our storm system.
Hoses leakwater. Deny their supply? When you’re done using your hose, don’t just toss it aside. To prevent leaks and conserve water, make sure the outdoor faucet the hose is attached to is turned off completely.
Don’t get hosed while you sleep. While you’re sleeping, your hose might be leaking water — and that’s a nightmare for Mother Nature and your wallet. Ensure sweeter dreams by always turning off the outdoor faucet the hose is attached to.
Watering plants? Plan how in advance. Don’t reach for the hose when it’s time to water your plants. Plan ahead by collecting rainwater in a rain barrel. You can save even more water by planting drought-resistant trees and shrubs.
Hoses are wetter. Brooms are better. Staring down a dirty driveway? Don’t reach for the hose. Instead, grab a broom and sweep the concrete to get the same result — and a little bit of exercise — without spilling a single drop of water.
Going away? Give your hose a holiday. If you’re taking a well-deserved break, give your hose a break too. You don’t have to take it with you — just make sure to turn off the outdoor faucet the hose is attached to, before you hit the road.
Less mowing means less watering. Caring for your lawn doesn’t necessarily mean keeping the grass short. Letting the grass grow longer will shade the soil from the sun, keeping it cool and reducing the need for watering.
When irrigation breaks, the more water it takes. With regular irrigation system maintenance, you can avoid malfunctions that require more water to maintain pressure. Blow water out of the system before winter to avoid breaks and leaks.