Water Conservation Matters

There are still more warm, drying days ahead before cold fall breezes blow in. Below are a few lawn and garden tips before you put tools away for the season. For additional suggestions and more information about the connection between water conservation and lake health, download LCC's water conservation flier.

Leave it natural
Landscape with hardy native plants that are acclimated to the local climate and rainfall. 

Let it grow
Raise your lawnmower blade to at least three inches; taller grass has healthier roots that hold soil moisture better.

Time it right
Water in the early morning to avoid losing water to evaporation during mid-day. Water slowly and deeply to avoid surface runoff, inspect hoses for leaks and direct overhead sprinklers toward vegetation and away from the street or driveway.

Reuse water
Use non-contaminated excess water from cooking or dehumidifiers to water plants and gardens. Install rain barrels to collect water from rooftops to water your lawn and garden. An inch of rain falling on a 1,000 square foot roof will contribute about 600 gallons of water. 

Give your hose a break
Sweep driveways, sidewalks or steps rather than hosing them off. Check all hoses and spigots for leaks or poor connections and replace washers or hoses if needed. Disconnect hoses during cold months to avoid freeze damage.

Wash cars at a car wash or on the lawn
Use a carwash that recycles water, or if washing a car at home, do it on the lawn so excess water will be absorbed rather than running off into storm drains. Use an environmentally-friendly soap product and be sure never to leave the hose running when it’s not in use.