Let's save water outside the home
1. Check your irrigation system once a month for leaks, and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the sidewalk, patio, house or street.
2. Use organic mulch applied to a depth of 2 to 4 inches, leaving a 2 inch space around the base of the plant. This ensures efficient watering and best management practices (BMPs).
3. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk
4. Install a rain sensor on your home if you have an irrigation system (it is required by law to have a functioning rain sensor.)
5. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
6. Direct downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect and use for your garden.
7. Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent runoff.
8. Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower. Group plants with the same light, soil and moisture needs to ensure efficient hydro zones.
9. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
10. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting (4-5"for St. Augustine lawns) longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
11. Bathe pets outdoors in grass areas in need of water.
12. Fertilize less often; while fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption, apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
13. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water, if not, water on your lawn, where needed.
14. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
15. Landscape with Florida Friendly Plants.
16. Use a hose nozzle on your garden hose.
17. Collect water in a rain barrel, this is great for watering potted plants and raised garden beds.
18. Check for leaks around your pool and spa pumps, outdoor faucets and pipes.
19. Don't buy outdoor toys that require a constant flow of water.
20. Make sure you know where your master water shut-off valve is located.