Be wise with your watering! Follow these general guide lines for water use in your yard:
Water By Hand. As much as 50 percent of water from irrigation systems is lost to wind, evaporation, and faulty system design including installation and maintenance. Consider watering the old fashioned way to keep more water in local streams and more money in your wallet.
Don’t Overwater. It’s important to understand the types of plants in your garden and provide them with the appropriate amount of water. Plants like trees and shrubs that have deep root systems need less water than shallow-root plants like flowers. Over-watering creates shallow root systems for plants and encourages weed growth and disease.
Wake up and Water. Try to limit watering to the early morning, between 4 am and 7 am when there are cooler temperatures and reduced wind. Midday watering can lead to a 30% water loss due to evaporation.
Look for leaks. Check your garden hose for leaks at the connection to the spigot and water nozzle. Eliminate any leaks by replacing the hose washer to tighten the connection to the spigot using a wrench and pipe tape.
For more tips on yard watering conservation, check out the 100 tips for wise water use in your yard.
The City of Mountlake Terrace provides residents with Water Conservation Kits to help with daily conservation in your home. They are currently available at the interim City Hall front desk. Come pick up yours today and start cutting down on your water use!
Water Conservation Kits are in high demand so be sure and call ahead to ensure there are still packets available for pick up before stopping by.