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Save Water in Your Yard and Garden

We’ve all become more mindful of watering our lawns and garden because water is a precious commodity that we can’t take for granted. These simple ways to conserve water and create a lush green lawn and landscape without going over budget on your water bill are no nonsense routines to follow. They come from Rain Bird, the leading manufacturer of irrigation products and services. You might be as surprised as we were to learn just how easy it is to minimize the amount of water you use and create a thriving green lawn and landscape.
Don’t overwater.
Instead of watering for one long session, it’s better to water a few times for a shorter time period and take a break in between to allow the water to soak in. That lessens oversoaking and minimizes wasteful runoff.
Be an early bird.
The best time to water is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cool.
Be direct.
For specific trees, beds or containers apply water directly to the root to reduce wasting water through runoff or evaporation.
Watch the weather.
Adjust your watering routine to changes in the weather. When it rains take a pass and let Mother Nature provide the water.
If it doesn’t grow, don’t water it.
Place sprinklers where the water soaks in lawns and flower beds, not a driveway or sidewalk.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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