We may think that summer is nearing an end but we will still be watering well into the fall if the weather stays warm. To learn more about conserving water in the garden we went to the Regional Water Providers Consortium (503-823-7528). The RWPC is THE source for using water wisely. Jim walked Judy through some of the many tips you can find on their website.
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First we talked about the amount of water you should use. One-inch of water a week is all that is needed to make sure that your grass will stay green. Next we learned that a timer is the best way to make sure you don’t go over that 1 inch rule. It is also recommended that you water before 10:00am or after 6:00pm to minimize evaporation. It is also good to water specific areas according to their needs.
Planting similar types of plants, with similar needs, together will make sure that you water them all the same. To help in watering specific area you can use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system. This will make sure that water is used in areas where it is needed.
Maintenance is also a big issue. Once your have a watering system in place you will want to make sure that it is aimed correctly (you don’t want to water the street) and has no leaks or breaks. For more water saving tips for inside and out, check out the RWPC website.
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