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Tips for Saving Water in the Garden
Plant native and drought-tolerant plants. Learn more at native plant organizations like California Native Plant Society.
For newly planted seeds and seedlings, water less deep and more frequently to keep the soil surface constantly moist. For more established plants, water less frequently, but deeper to encourage deep roots.
Water during the morning or late afternoon hours to reduce losses from evaporation.
Apply 3 or more inches of mulch (like straw) to hold moisture in the soil. Mulch also helps control weeds that compete with plants for water. Add compost to help soil retain water longer.
Learn to assess soil moisture with the squeeze test: Dig down a few inches and grab a handful of soil. If the soil easily sticks together in a ball your moisture level is probably fine. If the soil can't form a ball it is most likely time to water.
Tools for Saving Water in the Garden
Install water efficient irrigation devices such as drip irrigation or soaker hoses.
We love Dripworks for all your drip irrigation needs. They offer a discount to school gardens and loads of advice.
Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
Use a rain gauge to measure how much rain water your garden has received. Water less after a rain.
Use a dipping bucket for kids to easily fill their watering cans. Collect bottles to make watering cans.
And even more tips from Oprah!