WaterSense

Water-Efficient Landscapes

Thinking about a greener landscape? The typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water above and beyond rainwater each year. Applying water-efficient landscaping principles such as planting low-water-use plants, covering soil with mulch, and keeping your soil healthy can help reduce outdoor water use.

Having a beautiful landscape doesn’t have to mean wasting water or money. These simple steps can help transform all of your outdoor spaces.

  • Detect and repair all leaks in irrigation system.
  • Use properly treated wastewater for irrigation where available.
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
  • Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants that require smaller amounts of water more often. Check with the local extension service for advice on watering needs in your area.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.
  • Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.
  • Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems.
  • Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
  • Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
  • Raise your lawn mower cutting height – longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth.
  • Minimize or eliminate fertilizing, which promotes new growth needing additional watering.
  • When outdoor use of city or well water is restricted during a drought, use the water from the air conditioning condenser, dehumidifier, bath, or sink on plants or the garden. Don’t use water that contains bleach, automatic-dishwashing detergent or fabric softener.

WaterSense aims to take some of the guesswork out of watering your yard by making it easy […]

Use Your WaterSense!

By making just a few small changes to your daily routine, you can save water, save money and preserve water supplies for future generations. As a WaterSense partner I am committed to spreading the word about the need for smart water use. I am certified through WaterSense for my expertise in water-efficient irrigation technology and techniques. As a WaterSense irrigation partner, I can help you reduce your water consumption, save money, and maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape.

Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.

WaterSense brings together local water utilities and governments, product manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and other stakeholders to:

  • Decrease indoor and outdoor non-agricultural water use through the adoption of more efficient products and practices.
  • Help consumers make water-efficient choices, including differentiating between products and services in the marketplace and adopting simple daily activities that reduce water use.
  • Encourage innovation in manufacturing
  • Establish and standardize rigorous certification criteria that ensure product efficiency, performance, and quality.

If homeowners with irrigation systems hired WaterSense irrigation partners to perform regular maintenance, each household could reduce water used for irrigation by 15 percent, or about 9,000 gallons annually—that’s the amount of water that would flow from a garden hose if it was left running for almost a whole day. WaterSense irrigation partners also can help you design and install a new irrigation system or audit an existing one to minimize the amount of water you use, greening your yard in more ways than one.