You can still conserve water in hot weather

Use water gauges to make sure you give your lawn and plants the right amount

A lawn sprinkler in Portland, July 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN  6) — With the hot summer weather comes increased use of water. But lawns only need about one inch of water per week, so the more you know, the more water you can conserve.

Waterwise gardener Chris Hollenbeck, July 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Waterwise gardener Chris Hollenbeck, July 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“A waterwise garden is a garden where you plant the appropriate plants in the right spot, so you have looked at what we call microclimates within your yard,” said gardener Chris Hollenbeck. “Everybody’s yard is a little different on every side.”

Use water gauges to make sure you give your lawn and plants the right amount. Splitting your watering days up several times a week will help build a root system for your plants.

A home garden in Portland, July 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A home garden in Portland, July 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“Watering infrequently and give a good soaking allows the roots to grow down deep. It’s damp, it’s cool, so it can provide that plant what it needs on these hot days,” she said.

Soil amendments are also a great way to conserve water. Amendments can be a mix of compost with plant scraps, grass clippings or any organic material — just not weeds.

Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose when you’re watering plants or washing your car. That will save up to 7 gallons a minute. A leaky faucet can waste hundreds or thousands of gallons each month.

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