Did you know? 26 Sask. communities break daily maximum temperature records on July 1. Meteorologists call this prolonged event a “heat dome” — ridges of high pressure hovering over an area that create an effect much like a pressure cooker.
Follow these seven simple water saving tips on hot summer days:
- Use only what you need. Your lawn needs less than 1 inch of water per week to stay healthy. You can use a tuna can to test how long your sprinklers need to run; set the can in your sprinkler zone and time how long it takes to fill.
- Water early in the day. When temperatures heat up and the sun is high in the air, water evaporation is at its peak. By watering in the morning, you ensure that more of the water you expend soaks into your lawn and garden.
- Recycle rainwater. Install a rain barrel to collect rainwater for use on your lawn or garden. If buying a rain barrel, you may be eligible for a rebate.
- Fix drips. Leaking taps, hoses and sprinklers can add up to substantial water loss if left unmended. Check washers and connections frequently, and repair hoses that are in need.
- Use mulch. By applying a four-inch layer of wood mulch to flower beds and around shrubs, you can slow water evaporation and suppress the growth of weeds. Replenish every few years as needed.
- Sweep instead of spray. Instead of grabbing the hose to clean yard debris for patios and decks, grab a broom. Not only will you save water, but you’ll also give our body the gift of exercise!
- Landscape mindfully. Instead of living with existing slopes in your yard, which can be difficult to irrigate and lead to runoff, consider planting ground covers or shrubs which will help keep water within the soil. Native plants will be both effective and affordable.
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