13 Jun '11, 12pm

Fact of the Day: Landscape irrigation in the U.S. uses almost 7 billion gallons a day. Be smart with your watering:

Fact of the Day: Landscape irrigation in the U.S. uses almost 7 billion gallons a day. Be smart with your watering:

According to the U.S. EPA, landscape irrigation accounts for one-third of residential water use, which is almost 7 billion gallons a day. Being wise about how you water your lawn can not only conserve water, but also save you money. Get Started Check your sprinkler head periodically for leaks. Install a timer for your sprinklers, and use the “rain setting” after storms. Water your lawn during the coolest part of the day, avoid watering when it’s windy and don’t overwater. Use native plants conducive to your local weather. This can reduce the amount of water you need to use. Become a Pro Give native plants as house warming gifts to encourage your family and friends to keep it local and weather appropriate. Collect unused or run-off water in a watering pail for your potted plants to keep the hose from running when not needed. Encourage the property management at your apartme...

Full article: http://earth911.com/tips/wise-watering/

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