8 Ways to Conserve Water When Landscaping This Summer (With Infographic)

We go all winter with a bare yard, no colour, and brown plants. So it’s only natural, when spring and summer come around, that you want to indulge in lush greenery throughout your property. But that increase in outdoor water usage comes with a price – figuratively and literally. In this article, we discuss ways to conserve water when landscaping this summer.

8 Ways to Conserve Water When Landscaping

Canadians use approximately 330 litres of water per person, per day.

Imagine what that number would look like if we were all a bit more water-conscious. Here are 8 ways to conserve water at home and keep your outdoor space looking its best without being wasteful:

1. Know What to Plant

Understanding your local climate and soil type is key to selecting plants that thrive with less water. Choose varieties that are well-suited to your specific conditions.

2. Consider Drought Resistant Plants

Incorporating drought-resistant plants like succulents, sage, or lavender can significantly reduce your water consumption while adding unique textures and colours to your garden.

3. Raise Your Mower Blades

Longer grass blades provide shade that helps retain soil moisture and reduce evaporation. Try raising your mower blades to allow grass to grow a little taller.

4. Adjust Sprinklers

Ensure sprinklers are targeting plants, not sidewalks or driveways. Regularly check and adjust sprinkler heads to maximize their efficiency.

5. Use Mulch

Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, reduces weed competition, and keeps plant roots cooler. Spread a layer of organic mulch around your plants.

6. Prioritize Your Watering

All plants are not created equal – some need more water than others. Identify these plants and prioritize watering them, especially in the hotter months.

7. Be Mindful When Cleaning

Sweep patios and sidewalks instead of hosing them down. You’ll conserve water and prevent the runoff of pollutants into storm drains.

8. Maintain Your Pool the Smart Way

Cover your pool when it’s not in use to prevent evaporation. Also, regular maintenance can help avoid unnecessary water waste due to leaks.

8 Ways to Conserve Water at Home for Summer: an infographic with helpful tips to reduce water waste when landscaping.

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Article updated June 2023.