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FYN Principle #2 - Water Efficiently


Approximately 40% to 60% of residential water use goes to outdoor water needs. You can make a huge impact in conserving our precious water supply by making simple changes within your yard.

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Let your plants “tell” you when they need to be watered (look for signs of stress); don’t water simply because it’s your day to water.
>  Signs of stress include wilting and curling of the leaves; leaf blades of grass will fold and turn a bluish-gray color.
 

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Group plants according to their water needs and maximize the number of drought-tolerant plants within our yard.
 

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Water deeply but less often to promote deep roots that are more drought tolerant; apply ½” to ¾” per watering.
 

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Water early in the morning, ideally between 4:00AM and 7:00AM; temperature and wind speed are at their lowest at this time, reducing the amount of water lost to evaporation.
>  Do not water between 10:00AM and 4:00PM; 40%-50% of water can be lost to evaporation during this time.
>  Watering in the evening can promote disease.
 

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Use a rain gauge to track rain fall levels.
 

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If you use an automatic sprinkler system be sure that the rain shut-off device (withholds water when proper levels have been reached) is set at ½-¾ inch.
 

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Do not water if rain is predicted within the next 24 hours.
 

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Use a rain barrel to capture valuable rainwater for your plants, while helping to reduce residential water consumption. Call 941-764-4340 to order your rain barrel. The first rain barrel costs $42.80 tax included; the 55-gallon food-grade barrels have the holes pre-drilled and come with the necessary hardware (overflow attachment and spigot).

 
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