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Water Saving Tips
Save Water Outdoors
Water only when needed. Look at the grass, feel the soil, or use a soil moisture meter to determine when to water.
Do not over-water. Soil can absorb only so much water, and the rest simply runs off. One and a half inches applied once a week will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.
Water early in the morning. Otherwise, much of the water will simply evaporate between the sprinkler and the grass.
Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water rather than a fine mist, and sends the droplets out on a low angle, to avoid evaporation.
Set automatic sprinkler systems to provide thorough but infrequent watering. Rain shutoff valves can prevent watering in the rain.
Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees and shrubs, or use soaker hoses or sprinkler hoses turned upside-down.
Water slowly for better absorption, and never water on windy days.
Forget about watering the streets, sidewalks, or driveways. They will never grow a thing.
Condition the soil with mulch or compost before planting grass or flowerbeds. Water will soak in rather than run off.
Fertilize lawns at least twice a year for root stimulation, but do not over-fertilize. Grass with a good root system makes better use of less water and is more drought-tolerant.
Do not scalp lawns when mowing during hot weather. Taller grass holds moisture better. A better-looking lawn will result if grass is mowed often, so that only 1/2 to 3/4 inch is cut off.
Use a watering can or hand-water with the hose in small areas of the lawn that need more frequent watering. (near walks or driveways or in especially hot, sunny spots.)
Use water-wise plants. Choose plants that have low-water requirements, are drought tolerant, and are adapted to the area of the state where they are to be planted.
Consider decorating some areas of the lawn with wood chips, gravel or other materials available that require no water at all.
Do not sweep walks and driveways with the hose. Use a broom instead.
When washing the car, use a bucket of soapy water and turn the hose on only for rinsing.
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