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Water Conservation Xeriscape
- Plant grass or ground
cover on exposed land to prevent the loss of topsoil from erosion.
- Create a compost pile for
kitchen and garden waste to save energy by not having to haul yard debris to the
- Plant evergreen trees to
protect your home from the chilling winter winds.
- Plant deciduous shade
trees to shade your house in the summer and allow the sun to warm your house in
- Plant natural grasses and
shrubs that are native to your area and do not require a lot of extra water in
- Plant shade trees in the
yard, by roadways and in vacant lots to combat the rising CO2 production.
- Plant native wildflowers
in vacant lots, roadsides and other public areas so that the grass will not have
to be mowed as often.
- Collect rain water in a
rain barrel or cistern for watering plants, garden and landscaping.
- Reduce your landscape
watering schedule. Experts say that most yards are over-watered.
- Water lawns early in the
morning and long enough for a deep soak to encourage deep root growth.
- Plants and grasses grow
slowly in the cooler weather.
- Keep an eye on the
weather report and turn off your automatic irrigation system when rain is
- Check your sprinkler
system and timer on a regular basis to be sure it is operating properly and
giving you the right coverage.
- Install a rain sensor
device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle of the sprinkler
system when adequate rainfall has occurred.
- Use a "soaker" hose
rather than a sprinkler, where possible. Less water is required because the
water is concentrated on the soil nearer the roots and there is less
- Water in the early
morning or late afternoon to avoid evaporation.
- Avoid watering on windy
- Convert to a drip
irrigation system that waters specific plants and avoids water waste.
- Use an electric instead
of gas powered lawn and garden equipment. Electric powered equipment
create less pollution and are usually more energy efficient.
- Buy a new push mower for
your lawn. They are quiet, non-polluting and you get exercise.
- Use "hand" pruners,
clippers and other yard tools rather than gasoline or electric-powered ones.
- Lawn mowers will cut more
efficiently and use less energy when the blades are sharpened regularly.
- If you reduce fertilizing
the lawn, you'll have to water less and cut the it less frequently.
- Raise the lawn mower
blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow
deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a
- Leave lawn clippings
after mowing to fertilize the grass, or collect the clippings and use them for
- Use a mulching lawn mower
instead of bagging and carting off grass clippings. The mulched clippings fall
back to the soil and add nutrients.
- Mulch your planting beds
to retain moisture in the soil and to control weeds.
- Use a broom to clean the
sidewalks and driveway instead of using a noisy, polluting, blower.
- Stop using a hose to
clean these surfaces which wastes hundreds of gallons of water.
- Sweeping the sidewalks
- Regularly check all
hoses, connectors and spigots for leaks. Install new hose washers when needed.
- Plant native plants that
are adapted to your area. They require less water and maintenance, and look
- If possible, use the grey
water from the laundry and shower for irrigation in the yard.
- Choose the small solar
powered lights for your landscape lighting.
Organic Gardening Links
the Natural Way - Compost is the richest fertilizer you can use. And it is
FREE, if you can make it yourself. You don't need to buy commercial fertilizers
when you use this "nature's one." Compost is the results of decaying organic
material like leaves, grass, or kitchen scraps. Although compost can be made
in an open pile, you'll get faster results if you use a
Nature does the work for you. All you have to do is provide the right
environment of heat, moisture, air, and materials for the organisms in the compost