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Gardening can be a fulfilling activity to help you relax outdoors. But if you aren’t careful, an environmentally friendly activity can quickly turn into a sink for precious natural water resources.
Millions of gallons of water are used in gardens and on lawns each year – many of them wastefully. Here are some ways to cut back on the amount of water you use in the garden:
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass retains water better.
- Water in the early morning when temperatures are cooler, to minimise evaporation.
- Check your sprinkler system regularly and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- Collect and use rainwater for watering your garden.
- Direct downspouts or gutters towards shrubs or trees.
- Install a drip irrigation system around your trees and shrubs to water more efficiently.
This week’s eco tip is courtesy of www.earthshare.org