Use Water Wisely - Outdoors
Did you know that up to 70% of your home water use could be going to the outdoors? Learn how to save money, water, and time by mastering outdoor water use.
|Four Quick Steps to Save Water Today:|
1. Water your plants between sundown and sunrise to reduce water lost to evaporation.
2. Water small plants (like groundcovers) to a depth of 1 foot, medium plants (like shrubs) to a depth of 2 feet, and large plants (like trees) to a depth of 3 feet.
3. Water away from the trunk of a tree - at the drip line of your trees.
4. Water by the weather by changing how frequently you water based on the time of the year.
|What About Lawns?
Common sense tells us lawns are not native to the Sonoran Desert. Just look at the hills around Papago Park. Keeping a high-maintenance, water-intensive lawn can be a losing battle in Phoenix. However, if grass fits your lifestyle, consider limiting it to a small section of your landscape, and chose hardy, low-water-use varieties.
Some Valley experts also suggest that you pick one season to water grass. Choose a warm grass like common bermudagrass and allow it to go dormant in the winter. You'll have green grass for up to seven months, and by skipping the winter grass
, you can save an estimated 8,000 gallons per thousand square feet of grass. Alternatively, you may consider only having a winter grass to enjoy around five months of green grass with less frequent watering required in cooler weather.