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    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

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