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     Outdoor Preservation Tips

  1. Watering your yard only before 8 a.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind can save 25 gallons per day.
  2. Installing a smart sprinkler controller can save 40 gallons per day.
  3. If you use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks, you can save 150 gallons each time.
  4. Checking your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads can save 500 gallons a month.
  5. Mulch! Save hundreds of gallons a year by using organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
  6. Plant flowers/trees/bushes that require less watering. Select plants that are appropriate for your local climate conditions.
  7. Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
  8. Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.
  9. Collect water from your roof to water your garden.