Outdoor Water Tips

 

 

 

 

An <strong>hour a week</strong> of sprinkling or rain is all you need for a healthy lawn1http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SprinklingShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SprinklingShare.png31.0000000000000
Water your lawn <strong>early in the morning</strong>11http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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">lawn watering regulations</a>, and reduces the amount of water lost to wind and evaporation. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/watermorning.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/watermorning.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/watermorning.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterMorningShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterMorningShare.jpg22.0000000000000
<strong>Use a broom</strong> instead of a hose6http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/usebroom.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/usebroom.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/usebroom.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/UseBroommShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/UseBroommShare.jpg15.0000000000000
Let your lawn go gold25http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Go GoldLet your lawn go gold<div class="ExternalClass816CBFD32C384EBD834F6047A0728703">Let your lawn go dormant during summer. Its green will return with autumn rains.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Lawngold.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LawngoldShare.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Lawngold.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LawngoldShare.jpg, Gold Lawn2.00000000000000
Let your car get <strong>dusty</strong>5http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCare.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCare.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCarShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DustyCarShare.jpg20.0000000000000
<strong>Mow high</strong> to help your lawn retain water14http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mowhigh.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mowhigh.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mowhigh.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MowhighShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MowhighShare.jpg18.0000000000000
<strong>Leave grass clippings</strong> on your lawn after mowing12http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/grassclipping.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/grassclipping.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/grassclipping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GrassClippingShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GrassClippingShare.jpg12.0000000000000
<strong>Water your lawn</strong>, not the pavement8http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterlawn.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterlawn.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterlawn.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterLawnShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterLawnShare.jpg11.0000000000000
Water deeply, but infrequently32http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Water DeepWater deeply, but infrequently<div class="ExternalClass8C94BD6CCCDD41AAA15640DCDA5EE664">Program irrigation systems to water deeply but infrequently, within the regulated times.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDeep.jpg, Water Deep http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDeep.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDeepShare.jpg, Water Deep Share
Learn how to operate your irrigation system31http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Irrigation SystemLearn how to operate your irrigation system<div class="ExternalClassF30C0E388F864877A8CD429C0EBF20FB"><p>Become familiar with the features and settings for your irrigation controller (sprinkler timer). Keep the manual handy, or find the information online.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/IrrigationControl.jpg, Irrigation Control http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/IrrigationControl.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/IrrigationControlShare.jpg, Irrigation System Share
Adapt your irrigation schedule33http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Irrigation ScheduleAdapt your irrigation schedule<div class="ExternalClassE3C06EFB8B3A4BDCAA9D6D1B024DF5D6">Adjust your irrigation controller as the seasons, weather, and watering regulations change. It only takes a few moments but reduces lots of unnecessary watering.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/irrigationschedule.jpg, Irrigation Schedule http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/irrigationschedule.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/irrigationscheduleshare.jpg, Irrigation Schedule Share
<strong>Install a rain-barrel</strong> near your vegetable beds23http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrel.jpg, /welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrel.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrel.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrelShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/RainBarrelShare.jpg9.00000000000000
Check for broken sprinkler heads34http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Broken Sprinkler HeadCheck for broken sprinkler heads<div class="ExternalClassDA9876EE922A4032BA06216933BD3150">Replace broken, bent, or stuck sprinkler heads to avoid spilling or spraying water onto sidewalks and driveways. One broken sprinkler head can waste thousands of litres of drinking water.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/BrokenSprinkler.jpg, Broken Sprinkler http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/BrokenSprinkler.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/BrokenSprinklerShare.jpg, Broken sprinkler Share
Put leaves and bark mulch around shrubs and trees to <strong>hold in moisture</strong>3http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mulch.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mulch.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/mulch.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MulchShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/MulchShare.jpg17.0000000000000
Weed lawns and gardens26http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/WeedingWeed lawns and gardens<div class="ExternalClass7EE9A21E35314715B5ECB5C27324BE8E"><p>Weed regularly, before weeds can establish roots that compete for nutrients and water.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Weeding.jpg, Weeding http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Weeding.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WeedingShare.jpg, Weeding Share2.00000000000000
Apply lime27http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Apply LimeApply lime<div class="ExternalClass9B1BE54200444C099B6CACAC126C577C"><p>Apply lime in spring and fall, to adjust acidic soil to a neutral pH that protects grass from heat and lack of water.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Lime.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Lime.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Lime.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LimeShare.jpg, Apply Lime Sbare1.00000000000000
Overseed for a low-maintenance lawn28http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/OverseedOverseed for a low-maintenance lawn<div class="ExternalClass079CA4554E0944DFB1BAB1E884F6383D"><p>Overseed with a low-maintenance lawn seed mixture to give new life to patchy lawns and add thickness to healthy ones. Plan to overseed at least a month before the start of watering regulations.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Overseed.jpg, Overseed http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Overseed.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OverseedShare.jpg, Overseed Share2.00000000000000
Remove deep thatch29http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Remove ThatchRemove deep thatch<div class="ExternalClass2CF77CEF600245A3B29D0CE1ED9CD3D3"><p>Remove thick thatch in late spring or early fall. Too much thatch can prevent water from reaching grass roots.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Thatch.jpg, Remove Thatch http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Thatch.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/ThatchShare.jpg, Remove Deep Thatch2.00000000000000
Overseed with micro clover30http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Overseed Micro CloverOverseed with micro clover<div class="ExternalClass94ECC86737E740ADA7C31072F912E8CA"><p>Micro clover lawns stay greener than traditional lawns through summer dry periods and are generally unaffected by wet winters.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Clover.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Clover.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Clover.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/CloverShare.jpg, Overseed MicroClover1.00000000000000
Our <strong>water use increases by 50% in summer</strong>, largely due to sprinkling and other outdoor use2http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/SprinklerOur <strong>water use increases by 50% 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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorUseShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorUseShare.png10.0000000000000
Plant native species38http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Native SpeciesPlant native species<div class="ExternalClass9BED5AC9B8854C72A8DDC8AA6C3A279D">Species native to our region are better suited to our climate, and can often thrive on rainfall alone.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/NativePlants.jpg, Native Plants http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/NativePlants.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/NativePlants.jpg, Native Plants3.00000000000000
Group plants by watering needs37http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Group PlantsGroup plants by watering needs<div class="ExternalClass7F8CB9C21CFD46C8AF8E257A74FB9055">Group plants with similar watering needs, to avoid overwatering those that don’t require much water.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GroupPlants.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GroupPlants.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GroupPlants.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/GroupPlantsShare.jpg, Plant Groups Share1.00000000000000
Become a water champion41http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Water ChampionBecome a water champion<div class="ExternalClass052947C707174A19B6B9FC0C8E8E1344">Talk to your neighbours and trade tips on how to use less water on lawns and gardens. Because we all love water!</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterChampion.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterChampion.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterChampion.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterChampionShare.jpg, Water Champion3.00000000000000
Aim for large water drops, not mist35http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Large Water DropsAim for large water drops, not mist<div class="ExternalClass51DFDD20ECEA4B9CAD8AC764C43AAE26">Adjust sprinkler nozzles to evenly spray large water droplets rather than a fine mist that could evaporate or drift with the wind.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDrops.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDrops.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDrops.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterDropsShare.jpg, Large Water Drops share1.00000000000000
Flush irrigation systems before winter36http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Flush Irrigation SystemFlush irrigation systems before winter<div class="ExternalClass261E361A8CA641B7A04EB880B1FF96D1">A professional can help flush out any water in the irrigation system that could freeze and crack pipes and sprinklers.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/FlushIrrigation.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/FlushIrrigation.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/FlushIrrigation.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/FlushIrrigationShare.jpg, Flush Irrigation
Plant gardens in spring and fall39http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/Spring Fall PlantingPlant gardens in spring and fall<div class="ExternalClass7B39E3990BAC4D91B4CC358A8913A71F">Plant in the spring and fall, outside of the watering regulations and when plants require less water.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlantGardens.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlantGarden.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlantGardens.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlantGardenShare.jpg, Plant in spring and Fall
Try turf alternatives40http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TurfTry turf alternatives<div class="ExternalClassD0624B436A7E45DEA182C07FBFD7265E">Micro clover, tapestry lawns, moss lawns, and sedum mats are all great alternatives to turf. Find a low-maintenance, waterwise alternative that suits you using the Grow Green Guide.</div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Turf.jpg, Turf http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Turf.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/TurfShare.jpg, Turf Alternative
<strong>Set a timer</strong> as a reminder to turn off your sprinkler9http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/timer.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/timer.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/timer.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/TimerShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/TimerShare.jpg15.0000000000000
<strong>Aerate your lawn</strong> in the spring and fall24http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Aerate.jpg, /welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Aerate.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/Aerate.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/AerateShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/AerateShare.jpg14.0000000000000
<strong>Inspect your yard</strong> for underground leaks10http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/outdoorleaks.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/outdoorleaks.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/outdoorleaks.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorLeaksShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/OutdoorLeaksShare.jpg18.0000000000000
Water vegetable gardens <strong>deeply and in the morning</strong>4http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/veggarden.jpg, /welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/veggarden.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/veggarden.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/VegGardenShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/VegGardenShare.jpg19.0000000000000
<strong>Install a shut-off nozzle</strong> on your hose7http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/hosevalve.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/hosevalve.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/hosevalve.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HoseValveShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HoseValveShare.jpg10.0000000000000
Choose plants that <strong>thrive in dry soil</strong>18http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterwisegarden.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterwisegarden.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/waterwisegarden.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterWiseGardenShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/WaterWiseGardenShare.jpg11.0000000000000
<strong>Check for leaks</strong> in your garden hose13http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/leakhose.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/leakhose.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/leakhose.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LeakHoseShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/LeakHoseShare.jpg20.0000000000000
<strong>Save dry leaves</strong> in the fall to use as mulch in the spring.16http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/savedryleaves.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/savedryleaves.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/savedryleaves.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SaveDryLeavesShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SaveDryLeavesShare.jpg12.0000000000000
<strong>Know how</strong> to turn off your property’s water15http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/shutoffvalve.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/shutoffvalve.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/shutoffvalve.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/ShutOffValveShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/ShutOffValveShare.jpg14.0000000000000
How much <strong>water do you</strong> use? 17http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg9.00000000000000
<strong>Use grow bags</strong> to water trees during dry spells19http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/dripbag.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/dripbag.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/dripbag.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DripBagShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/DripBagShare.jpg15.0000000000000
Use a <strong>soaker hose to water</strong> deeply20http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/soakerhose.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/soakerhose.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/soakerhose.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SoakerHoseShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/SoakerHoseShare.jpg27.0000000000000
Choose plants that <strong>love dry heat</strong>22http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlants.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlants.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlants.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlantsShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/HeatPlantsShare.jpg5.00000000000000
Let your planter boxes <strong>enjoy the shade</strong>21http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/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/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBox.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBox.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBox.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBoxShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/water-saving-tips/outdoor-tips/TipImages/PlanterBoxShare.jpg5.00000000000000