Saving Water in Your Yard

April 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The state's drought conditions mean homeowners need to watch their water usage. Yet over half of our home water is used on our lawns and gardens. Lawn experts say you can be green and still have a green lawn. Homeowners can save water by installing drip or soak irrigation systems and automatic rain monitor or moisture sensors that override water timers.

Specially treated soils and mulches help retain moisture in the ground and drought-tolerant seeds and plants use up less water.

"It's also important to water early in the day and slowly. The ground accepts it more, let's it, holds onto the moisture more so you don't have to keep watering over and over and over again. Most people overwater. You'll see it running onto the sidewalks into the gutters; it's one of our most important resources," said Chris Hammond with Home Depot.

Make sure to check with your city's watering regulations and schedules. Water waste fines in Fresno begin at $45-dollars.

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