Outside Conservation Tips

Helpful Tips

  • Avoid buzz cuts and backaches by raising your lawn mower blade to its highest setting to encourage grass roots to grow deeper and grass blades to hold moisture longer than with a closely clipped lawn. Cut off no more than one-third of a blade of grass at a time. Apply fertilizers sparingly and use fertilizers that contain slow release water - insoluble forms of nitrogen.
  • If you allow your children to play in the sprinklers, make sure it’s only when you’re watering the yard - if it’s not too cool at that time of day.
  • Install a rain sensor device that overrides your sprinkler system when there is adequate rainfall.
  • Position sprinklers so they don’t water the pavement.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slows down evaporation. Saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
  • Tell your children not to play with the garden hose. Saves 10 gallons a minute.
  • Use a broom or blower instead of a hose to remove debris from driveways, sidewalks, and porches.
  • Water in the evening or early morning to reduce evaporation. Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Xeriscaping your lawn can save up to 550 gallons of water a year.