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Smarter Ways to Save Water.

1. Install a smart irrigation controller

2. Retrofit spray nozzles on pop ups to precision spray nozzles or MP rotator style.

3. Convert existing spray zones that water shrubs to Drip systems

4. make sure irrigation system is in good repair with no leaks (use water meter to verify possible under ground leaks)

5. Make sure sprinkler heads are all adjusted correctly and not watering sidewalks or driveways.

6. Have a professional conduct an irrigation audit to identify problems and calculate a precise water schedule

7. Irrigate in the early morning hours to reduce water loss through evaporation

8. avoid runoff by implementing a “run-soak” cycle

9. Consider more high tech drip systems designed for sub-surface irrigation

10. Reduce or eliminate lawn/turf

11. I’m keeping my grass! (if so, aerate it annually so water can penetrate and create a deeper root zone, fertilize, and make sure you have a smart controller)

12. invest in a soil probe to monitor moisture levels below the surface.  Just because its dry on the surface doesn’t mean you need to water.

13. Be mindful of your fertilizer choices, Hi Nitrogen fertilizers promote faster growth, which uses more water

14. Have a soil test done to definitively determine plant issues rather than make assumptions about water or fertilizer needs.

15. Know your soil type and irrigate accordingly (this information is typically gathered as part of an irrigation audit)

16. Make sure you soils PH is between 6.5 and 7.5

17. add gypsum to clay soils for better water penetration.

18. Get a good gardener.  over pruning or poor pruning techniques can cause plants to go into stress.  A good gardener can also make other suggestions

19. Water appropriately for the age of your landscape.  New landscapes need less water more frequently and old mature landscapes need more water less frequently.

20. Properly Zone your irrigation: different plants require different water schedules. Group trees, shrubs, ground covers, and lawn all on separate valves/zones.

21. Dense ground covers trap moisture much like mulch

22. Adjust or modify your drip system to water the “drip line” as plants grow, not the base of the trunk.

23. MULCH, MULCH, MULCH.  4″ minimum or 6″-12” for a dramatic difference.  The best mulch we have found is tree service chips, or “walk on bark” from a landscape supply yard.

24. Install synthetic grass….its come a LONGGGGGG way!

25. Plant ornamental Natives