Did you know that in the summer months, water use in Saskatoon usually doubles? Much of this increase is due to lawn and garden watering.
Be Water Wise to help the environment, save energy, save money, and help preserve our city’s water systems.
How can you Be Water Wise?
Being water wise does not necessarily mean watering less, but it does mean watering smarter.
Watering Tips for Your Lawn
- If your lawn is established, water it deeply, but not more than once a week and skip a week after a good rain. If you leave footprints when you walk on your lawn it may be time to water.
- Water newly seeded lawns every other day until the grass reaches 5 cm; then water less frequently. Soak newly laid sod with 2.5 cm of water (1 inch), then water lightly every other day for about two weeks.
- Use the tuna can test to determine how long to run your sprinklers. Set a tuna can in each of your sprinkler zones and time how long it takes to fill it with water. That's how long you should run your sprinkler once a week if your lawn is dry.
- Ensure your sprinklers are working properly and are targeted away from sidewalks to avoid wasting water.
- Use drip irrigation systems/hoses for trees and shrubs and sprinkler systems that are timed to turn on and off automatically. Remember to turn them off if it’s raining.
- Avoid watering during the heat of the day or during windy times. Choose cool and calm times of the day to water your lawn and garden to minimize evaporation.
Watch our video on the Importance of Water.
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