Landscape water wise tips for summer survival

Last Updated: 8/7/2017

Most of the water we use at home in the Sacramento region goes toward watering our landscapes. So, it’s no surprise that as temperatures peak in August so does our water use. The good news is that there are ways to help your landscape survive the triple-digit heat while also using water wisely.

  • WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING to allow water to soak into the soil before evaporation and wind can whisk it away.
  • CHECK YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH and fix any problems you find within 48 hours.
  • TAKE A BREAK FROM MOWING YOUR LAWN AND LET YOUR LAWN GROW LONGER Taller grass shades the soil, keeping it cool while reducing evaporation, and also promotes a more extensive root system.
  • PUT PLENTY OF ORGANIC MULCH (wood chips or leaves) around your plants and trees to slow evaporation.
  • COVER YOUR POOL Pool covers stop evaporation(responsible for up to 70 percent of water lost by swimming pools) by protecting your pool from harsh sunlight and wind.

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