Be Careful Not to Over Water Lawns and Gardens

By ecoRI News staff

Gardening is a fulfilling outdoor activity, but if you aren’t prudent, this hobby can quickly become a natural resource sink. Millions of gallons of water are wastefully used annually on gardens and lawns. A lawn, for example, only needs an inch of water a week. Here are some ways to cut back on the amount of water needlessly used:

Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass retains water better.

Water in the early morning or after the sun goes down, when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation.

Check your sprinkler system regularly and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn and/or garden is watered and not the sidewalk or street.

Collect and use rainwater for your watering needs.

Direct downspouts and gutters toward shrubs and trees.

Install a drip irrigation system in the garden and around trees and shrubs.