An <strong>hour a week</strong> of sprinkling or rain is all you need for a healthy lawn1http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/one-hour-per-week/One Hour Per WeekAn <strong>hour a week</strong> of sprinkling or rain is all you need for a healthy lawn<div class="ExternalClass2657116DC1AF458B83ACD6AF8FE56AB4"><p> Watering your lawn deeply, once a week for an hour, allows moisture to soak into the soil and builds strong roots.<a href="/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx">​ Learn more</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SprinklingShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SprinklingShare.png13.0000000000000
<strong>Mow high</strong> to help your lawn retain water14http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/mow-high/Mow High<strong>Mow high</strong> to help your lawn retain water<div class="ExternalClass99DBFB88336848C3AA8BDF96837879B7"><p>Mow grass to a height of 5 to 6 cm – the shade from taller grass allows roots to establish, helping your lawn retain water. Find more tips with this <a href="/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">waterwise lawn care guide</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mowhigh.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mowhigh.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mowhigh.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MowhighShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MowhighShare.jpg5.00000000000000
<strong>Leave grass clippings</strong> on your lawn after mowing12http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/grass-clippings/Grass Clippings<strong>Leave grass clippings</strong> on your lawn after mowing<div class="ExternalClassB8D0E1F44D5C4D7F8F743C8014293643"><p>Leaving clippings to decompose reduces evaporation, allowing you to water your lawn less. Find more waterwise lawn care tips <a href="/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx">here</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/grassclipping.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/grassclipping.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/grassclipping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GrassClippingShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GrassClippingShare.jpg3.00000000000000
Water your lawn <strong>early in the morning</strong>11http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/water-early/Water EarlyWater your lawn <strong>early in the morning</strong><div class="ExternalClass077591AD087947DDAA2D65A12F476277"><p>​Watering between 4 AM and 9 AM complies with <a href="/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/lawn-sprinkling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">sprinkling regulations</a>, and reduces the amount of water lost to wind and evaporation. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/watermorning.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/watermorning.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/watermorning.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterMorningShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterMorningShare.jpg13.0000000000000
<strong>Set a timer</strong> as a reminder to turn off your sprinkler9http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/timer/Timer<strong>Set a timer</strong> as a reminder to turn off your sprinkler<div class="ExternalClass2EA3A0674F414E8DACB11386965A26F4"><p>A healthy lawn only needs one hour of water per week. Too much water will drown its roots and encourage weeds. Find out more about <a href="/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx">maintaining a healthy lawn using less water</a>.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/timer.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/timer.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/timer.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/TimerShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/TimerShare.jpg9.00000000000000
<strong>Aerate your lawn</strong> in the spring and fall24http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/aerate-lawn/Aerate Lawn<strong>Aerate your lawn</strong> in the spring and fall<div class="ExternalClass57D03483104C4EC8883F595F69ACA7E5"><p>​Aerating increases the flow of water to your lawn's roots, so your sprinkling time is effective. Learn more about waterwise lawn care <a href="/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Aerate.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/AerateShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/AerateShare.jpg9.00000000000000
<strong>Water your lawn</strong>, not the pavement8http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/pavement/Pavement<strong>Water your lawn</strong>, not the pavement<div class="ExternalClass6078A2F9D7024FFB88F52D10CF5075C7"><p>Position your sprinkler so that it is only watering your lawn and plants, not driveways or sidewalks. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterlawn.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterlawn.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterlawn.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterLawnShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterLawnShare.jpg3.00000000000000
Our <strong>water use can double in summer</strong>, largely due to sprinkling and other outdoor use2http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/sprinkler/SprinklerOur <strong>water use can double in summer</strong>, largely due to sprinkling and other outdoor use<div class="ExternalClassE2AF53E97F4F49678FE152B45F0206CB"><p>An hour of sprinkling uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, five loads of laundry, and five dishwasher loads combined.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorUseShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorUseShare.png8.00000000000000
<strong>Inspect your yard</strong> for underground leaks10http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/leaks/Leaks<strong>Inspect your yard</strong> for underground leaks<div class="ExternalClassAB694DB0DA0B403C81A057F30F84C687"><p>Walk around your property to look for spongy ground or pooling where leaking pipes might be hidden. If detected, call a plumber.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/outdoorleaks.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/outdoorleaks.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/outdoorleaks.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorLeaksShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorLeaksShare.jpg9.00000000000000
Let your car get <strong>dusty</strong>5http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/dusty-car/Dusty CarLet your car get <strong>dusty</strong><div class="ExternalClass43E2BF5BA10646EB9BC5DBB11AB0FF7C"><p>Wash windscreens, windows and headlights for safety, using a bucket. For heavy-duty jobs, use a commercial car wash that recycles water.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCare.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCare.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCarShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCarShare.jpg9.00000000000000
Water vegetable gardens <strong>deeply and in the morning</strong>4http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/vegetable-garden/Vegetable GardenWater vegetable gardens <strong>deeply and in the morning</strong><div class="ExternalClass82C2193AE89E49B3AB3B421DFF3A0D41"><p>Water vegetable gardens in the morning, near the roots, and by hand. Water deeply but less often, to encourage strong, deep roots</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/veggarden.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/VegGardenShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/VegGardenShare.jpg13.0000000000000
Put leaves and bark mulch around shrubs and trees to <strong>hold in moisture</strong>3http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/mulch/MulchPut leaves and bark mulch around shrubs and trees to <strong>hold in moisture</strong><div class="ExternalClassAE03BAAACAD046AC9727CAF152C7066F"><p>Plants protected by mulch require less watering. Mulch can preserve moisture by reducing soil temperature and slowing evaporation.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mulch.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mulch.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mulch.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MulchShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MulchShare.jpg12.0000000000000
<strong>Use a broom</strong> instead of a hose6http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/sweep/Sweep<strong>Use a broom</strong> instead of a hose<div class="ExternalClass54EEFBBF85BB45DC803B7469C5446F8F"><p>Sweep driveways, decks, patios and sidewalks with a broom instead of using a hose. That 15-minute job could use 675 litres of water.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/usebroom.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/usebroom.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/usebroom.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/UseBroommShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/UseBroommShare.jpg7.00000000000000
<strong>Install a shut-off nozzle</strong> on your hose7http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/shut-off-valve/Shut-Off Valve<strong>Install a shut-off nozzle</strong> on your hose<div class="ExternalClass994C551040614D219A655512BA87AEA9"><p>​An average garden hose delivers around 45 litres of water each minute. Install a shut-off nozzle on your hose so it runs only when in use.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/hosevalve.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/hosevalve.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/hosevalve.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HoseValveShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HoseValveShare.jpg6.00000000000000
Choose plants that <strong>thrive in dry soil</strong>18http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/grow-green/Grow GreenChoose plants that <strong>thrive in dry soil</strong><div class="ExternalClass9C3C840360564B3BB57ED626A1B67632"><p>Use the <a href="http://www.growgreenguide.ca/">Grow Green Guide</a> to find plants that thrive in our local climate, without needing lots of water.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterwisegarden.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterwisegarden.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterwisegarden.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterWiseGardenShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterWiseGardenShare.jpg7.00000000000000
<strong>Check for leaks</strong> in your garden hose13http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/leaky-hose/Leaky Hose<strong>Check for leaks</strong> in your garden hose<div class="ExternalClassCED01CE2FAAD4607A1474BB7E9030485"><p>​The average garden hose delivers 2,700 litres of water per hour. Small leaks or a loose coupling can quickly add up to a lot of wasted water.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/leakhose.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/leakhose.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/leakhose.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LeakHoseShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LeakHoseShare.jpg16.0000000000000
<strong>Know how</strong> to turn off your property’s water15http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/turn-off-water/Turn Off Water<strong>Know how</strong> to turn off your property’s water<div class="ExternalClass2305FBA151AF46E2AEF8378247E915A0"><p>Knowing how to turn off your master shut-off valve could save thousands of litres of water if a pipe breaks, and prevent further damages to your home.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/shutoffvalve.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/shutoffvalve.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/shutoffvalve.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/ShutOffValveShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/ShutOffValveShare.jpg8.00000000000000
<strong>Save dry leaves</strong> in the fall to use as mulch in the spring.16http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/dry-leaves/Dry Leaves<strong>Save dry leaves</strong> in the fall to use as mulch in the spring.<div class="ExternalClassA851CF3F0BE244F2AC207E45D615F51C"><p>​Save dry leaves in the fall in an old garbage can or under a tarp so you can use them as mulch in the spring.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/savedryleaves.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/savedryleaves.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/savedryleaves.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SaveDryLeavesShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SaveDryLeavesShare.jpg5.00000000000000
How much <strong>water do you</strong> use? 17http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/water-calculator/Water CalculatorHow much <strong>water do you</strong> use? <div class="ExternalClass7652CB8B2D084A52ADB4731BC4A98ABF"><p>​Find out how you use water in your yard and learn simple tips that conserve water with the Alliance for Water Efficiency's <a href="http://www.home-water-works.org/calculator" target="_blank">Water Calculator</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg6.00000000000000
<strong>Use grow bags</strong> to water trees during dry spells19http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/grow-bags/Grow Bags<strong>Use grow bags</strong> to water trees during dry spells<div class="ExternalClassC91B23B440B84C8A8033A79C26ABBBB7"><p>Grow bags slowly deliver water deep below the soil surface to encourage root growth, which can support trees in your yard or street during dry conditions.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/dripbag.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/dripbag.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/dripbag.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DripBagShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DripBagShare.jpg10.0000000000000
Use a <strong>soaker hose to water</strong> deeply20http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/soaker-hose/Soaker HoseUse a <strong>soaker hose to water</strong> deeply<div class="ExternalClass9E37A6DD29644BF8A6FCBBC743CB24F7"><p>Soaker hoses have tiny holes that deliver water slowly to the roots of plants, reducing water runoff.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/soakerhose.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/soakerhose.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/soakerhose.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SoakerHoseShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SoakerHoseShare.jpg21.0000000000000
Let your planter boxes <strong>enjoy the shade</strong>21http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/planter-boxes/Planter BoxesLet your planter boxes <strong>enjoy the shade</strong><div class="ExternalClassECEEEA4C1BA24674A392EBA2E461E472"><p>​Pull planters into the shade to avoid the hot afternoon sun. They won't dry out as fast so you won't need to water as often.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBox.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBoxShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBoxShare.jpg
Choose plants that <strong>love dry heat</strong>22http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/chose-heat-plants/Chose Heat PlantsChoose plants that <strong>love dry heat</strong><div class="ExternalClass7E350F5A90E0431EA28D0E2517C339FC"><p>​Embrace the dry heat by planting tomatoes, basil, beans, melon, eggplant and more in your garden.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlants.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlants.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlants.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlantsShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlantsShare.jpg0
<strong>Install a rain-barrel</strong> near your vegetable beds23http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/rain-barrel/Rain Barrel<strong>Install a rain-barrel</strong> near your vegetable beds<div class="ExternalClassBB01248F49CE4D6692B6BD8C83258B45"><p>​Vegetables love the warm water stored in rain barrels, and you'll save treated drinking water.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrel.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrelShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrelShare.jpg0