In The Yard
Consider your outdoor water use. As you shall see, you might be overwatering your plants and not even know it! A lot of times, you can save water you use inside to reuse outside - it's like doublesaving!
- On the Avalon Peninsula, a mature tree does not require watering at any time of the year.
- An established lawn on 15 to 20 cm of topsoil does not require watering throughout the summer. In times of low natural rainfall, grass will naturally go dormant and may turn brown, but this doesn't mean the lawn is damaged; it's just an aesthetics issue. So don't worry! When it rains again, the grass will become green.
- Flowerbeds with well-established perennials require watering in drought conditions only.
- Reuse indoor water - water you've used for washing dishes or veggies - for your outdoor gardens.
- Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil. This also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.
- Plug the drain while showering and use the saved water outdoors, or use your dishwater to water your plants. Plants love this kind of water!
- Keep buckets outdoors to collect rainwater. You can purchase rain barrels for this specifically, or just make use of buckets and storage containers that you already have.
- On your designated watering days, water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest, which reduces losses from evaporation.
- Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs, not pavement - your street, driveway, or sidewalk.
- Use low-angle or pulsating sprinklers that produce large fat droplets of water. Sprinklers that spray the water high into the air or produce a mist or fine spray lose much of the water through evaporation.
- Don't leave sprinklers or hoses unattended, and don't leave the sprinkler running all day - use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.
- Using a running hose to wash your vehicle can waste about 400 litres of water. Using a bucket with a sponge plus a trigger nozzle on the hose will save you about 300 of those litres.