Check out these simple tips
for using water wisely:
• Water the lawn only when it needs it. This will result in
plants, reduce weeds and lower pest and disease.
are typically overwatered by as much as
20% to 40%.
• Buy drought-tolerant or native plants that require less water.
• Check the soil moisture before watering. The surface may
be dry, but adequate moisture may be retained beneath
• Use trickle or drip garden irrigation systems that use 80%
90% less water than a hose or sprinkler.
• Water in the early morning or late afternoon. Watering in the
middle of the day allows most of the water to evaporate.
• Water slowly and thoroughly rather than frequently to
encourage root growth. Too much water can overload the
so air cannot get to the roots.
• Use plenty of mulch or compost to promote water retention
grass and flower beds.
|• Mow grass at a higher level – at least 2 to 3 inches – to reduce
evaporation and root stress.
• Avoid fertilizing in the summer, which will increase the need
• Use a mulching mower that leaves grass clippings on the lawn.
This "mulch" helps grass retain water and reduces the amount
• Make sure the sprinkler is aimed at the lawn, not the street
• If you water when it's windy, water will go everywhere but on
For more information, download "Conserving Oklahoma's Water" from the Oklahoma
Water Resources Board. Or, check out "Putting Down Roots," a tree selection guide
from the Oklahoma City Planning Department.
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