Water smarts: Tips for using irrigation water more efficiently
- Install rain sensors on sprinkler systems.
- Adjust irrigation timers according to seasonal needs.
- Detect and repair all leaks in irrigation systems.
- Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants which require smaller amounts of water more often.
- Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only — not the street or sidewalk.
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
- Use properly treated wastewater for irrigation where available.
- Have system serviced regularly.
- Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
- Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
- Raise your lawn mower cutting height — longer grass blades help shade each other, cutting down on evaporation. They also inhibit weed growth.
Ornamental water features:
- Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water.
Source: Landscape Ontario