The water in our drinking glasses flows cool and copiously from our taps—so much so that we rarely think about where it comes from. But invasive species, pollution, and destruction of natural habitats threaten the very systems which deliver fresh drinking water to many Californians' homes. Here are five ways you can conserve water while outdoors:
- Rise and Shine. Water your garden early in the morning to reduce midday sun evaporation. Also, try to avoid watering during strong winds, as they will redistribute water and speed up evaporation.
- Thank You Very Mulch. Use plenty of organic mulch, rather than synthetic or non-organic mulch. Organic mulch will retain more moisture and contribute valuable nutrients to your soil.
- Increase Your Tolerance. Drought-tolerant plants require much less water than other plants. Maintaining a garden with native, local species will ensure a sustainable environment for you and your neighbors.
- Don't Over-Water! Your garden only needs about one inch of water per week. Over-watering can not only deplete the collective water supply, but it can also harm your garden and plants. Let your plants and flowers flourish with the right amount of love.
- Minimize Fertilizer Use. Fertilizer runoff can pollute streams, rivers, and oceans. Use just as much fertilizer as your garden needs, and keep our ecosystems healthy for years to come.