Experts estimate that as much as half of the water we use outdoors is lost due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. Before you add water to your newly planted garden this spring, do a little “sprinkler spruce-up” to clean up on water savings outdoors. It just takes four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.
- Inspect your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads.
- Connect points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes and hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
Watch sprinkler spruce-up in action! Click on the animated video above to watch Flo inspect, connect, direct, and select to spruce up her sprinkler system.
- Direct sprinklers away from your driveway, house, or sidewalk in order to apply water only to your landscape.
- Select a seasonally appropriate watering schedule that meets your landscape’s minimum needs. Better yet, select a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller—which uses local weather data so your system waters only when necessary—to replace a traditional clock-timer scheduling system.
Not the do-it-yourself type? Go with a pro—a professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program. Check out this list to find one!
The Right Plant in the Right Place Is the Path to a Water-Smart Garden
Go back to your roots when you’re thinking about saving water this spring. With varying climates and geography nationwide, each region has distinctive plant species it can naturally support without requiring extra water and fertilizers. When you’re planning your garden this spring, use WaterSense’s What to Planttool to help you choose plants that are right for your climate and require minimal watering. Then group your plants in “hydrozones” according to their water needs to make it easy to irrigate them correctly.
Across the country, gardeners are already digging into the right plant, right place concept. You can find examples in the U.S. Northeast, Midwest, Southeast regions below, as well as nationwide in EPA’s water-smart landscape photo gallery.
Source: Current Spring 2016 | WaterSense | US EPA
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