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
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
<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
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
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
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
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
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