Sometimes, as the saying goes, the grass is greener on the other side. Like in the summer time when your neighbor’s lawn looks green than yours — that usually means they have a higher water bill.
Largely from yard watering but also things like car washes and even the periodic Slip ‘n Slide — did you know that homeowners use double to quadruple the amount of water in the summer compared to the rest of the year?
However, the benefits of summertime yard watering can be a mirage. It’s estimated that nearly half of water used outdoors either evaporates, gets lost in the wind, or turns into runoff because of overwatering.
But we’ve got some good news! Here are a few ways you can use less water outdoors:
Mind the time: It’s usually best to water your lawn early in the morning or after the sun goes down in the evening because water evaporation is less likely to happen.
Tune up your water system: Check for leaks, clogs and breaks in your irrigation and sprinkler systems. Also, make sure your sprinkler isn’t set to spray on the sidewalk or street!
Prepare before you plant: When growing your garden, think about your landscapes’ different needs when it comes to soil and shade/sun exposure. Then water according to the different needs, helping you avoid overwatering or underwatering.
Sweep instead of spray: Use a broom to sweep your sidewalk, driveway or steps instead of a hose. You’ll still clean things up and save on your water bill.
Double check your lawn: Just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean your grass is actually thirsty. Do the step test: If you step on your lawn, and your grass springs back, it doesn’t need watering.
Also, keeping your grass green might be more of a sign you’re keeping up with the neighbors: it’s OK for grass to be less-than-bright green in the summertime months.
Still thirsty for more water-saving tips? Check here for more ways you can conserve water indoors.