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Water Smart, Hampton Roads

COMMUNITY CENTERClean Water & WaterwaysYard & LandscapingJul 31, 2015Katie Cullipher

Author: Katie Cullipher

An_Irrigation_sprinkler_watering_a_gardenWe’re wrapping up July so it’s a good time to check in on our watering practices. It’s easy to keep our lawns and landscape in tip top shape without excessive watering even in the heat of summer…we just have to be water smart in our practices. Here’s how:

  • Water at the right time of day – in the mornings when the sun is low, winds are calm and temps are cooler. Watering in the heat of the day is less effective because of the water lost due to evaporation.
  • Adjust your sprinkler system. The sidewalk and the driveway do NOT need watering – and your lawn doesn’t need it either during a rain shower. Adjust sprinklers to only water the plants, not the pavement. If you have an automatic system, installing a moisture sensor will help you avoid being THAT house that’s watering while it’s raining.
  • Speaking of rain, adjust your watering schedule to account for rain. Your lawn only needs about an inch of water per week so pay attention to the forecast and if we get an inch of rain, hold off on watering for another week.
  • If you have an irrigation system, always pay attention to your water bills. A sudden spike  could indicate a leak that’s costing you lots of gallons and subsequently lots of dollars and cents.

Happy watering!

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