Riverside, Calif. – Hotter temperatures mean thirstier plants. But make sure you’re watering correctly this summer and not just wasting it.
First, check for leaks in your irrigation system. Small drips around valves, cracked or broken pipes, and missing, broken, or misaligned sprinkler heads can add up to a lot of wasted water.
Next, set your watering schedule for the right amount of time and for the right time of day. If you see water running off your lawn you need to adjust your run times. Opt for shorter cycles in lawn or planting areas to allow water to be absorbed more efficiently. And follow up with another cycle.
Set run times for early in the morning or late at night, as there is less evaporation that occurs. Plus watering in the afternoon heat can actually damage some plants.
Finally, make sure you’re using the right irrigation technique. Lawns and certain plant areas need broad applications of water, while smaller planter areas and potted plants do best with drip irrigation systems.
Using these techniques you can water smart this summer and see less water waste and lower water bills. For additional conservation tips and information on a variety of water efficiency rebate programs offered by Riverside Public Utilities visit BlueRiverside.com
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