Overwatering 101

We know it’s common for people to want to keep their yards and indoor plants looking lovely and healthy. Unfortunately, this can lead to unintentional overwatering.

Studies have shown that lawns and landscapes are estimated to be overwatered by 30 to 300 percent. Overwatering not only wastes water, it can be detrimental to landscaping and runoff can have negative impacts on our local watersheds.

Here are some tips to avoid overwatering which will help conserve our precious resources, protect our watersheds and help lawns and plants perform better and live longer.

  • Know your soil: This will help you determine how the water will drain, absorb in order to keep plants healthy and not overwater.
  • Monitor your irrigation system: Have an understanding of how much water is used during one setting and keep an eye to be sure it is watering evenly.
  • Consider installing rain sensors: Rain sensors conserve water and can considerably cut back on overwatering.
  • Plant choice: Be sure to pick plants that need less water. Some plants only need watering once a week.

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