You don’t want your carefully manicured lawn to scorch in the summer heat, but you also want to be earth friendly and conserve water. What do you do?
- Give your lawn a deep soak with the sprinkler only when it’s needed. To check, step on the grass; if it spring back up, it still has plenty of moisture.
- When you use sprinklers, position them carefully to avoid watering paved areas, and don’t water on windy days when the sprinkler’s spray will get blown around.
- Water early in the day to keep the water from getting hot and damaging plants. Watering early in the day rather than late in the day also avoids moisture retention overnight, which can lead to mold growth and attract slugs and other garden pests.
- Use a broom or rake to remove debris from paved areas rather than spraying with a hose.
- Remember that potted plants dry out quickly, so water them regularly even if the lawn or garden doesn’t need water.
- In garden areas, pack mulch or other organic matter around plants to hold water and slow the rate of moisture evaporation.
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