Saving water and money on you monthly water bill, both inside and outside of your home can be easy, with a few simple changes. Most people water their lawn far more than they need too, especially after its rained. Over-Watering your lawn will cause shorter root systems to develop making it more susceptible to dry conditions and pests. Be sure to check your municipal by-laws for outdoor water use. So if you need to water be sure to water deeply and less frequently to create a healthier and stronger lawn. The best time to water is early morning before daytime temperatures rise, and try to avoid watering on windy days. Also try to avoid watering in the evening as there are long periods of dampness which increase the chances of disease and fungus. One way to prevent over-watering is to buy a rain gauge. Rain gauges are inexpensive and tell you exactly how much water your lawn has recieved, and might let you know that you don’t need to water it at all. If you are using a lawn sprinkler to water your lawn, position it so that you are only water your lawn, and not sidewalks and driveways. If you are using an irrigation system ensure you are using a water sensed labeled controller. Weather based controllers allow you to adjust your watering based on weather conditions, and some newer technologies like moisture sensors, efficient sprinkler heads and micro drip systems will dramatically increase your water savings. Drip irrigation systems use 20-50% less water than traditional pop-up sprinkler systems. Be sure to also have your in ground system checked for leaks by a certified irrigation contractor. Another location to check for leaks is where your hose connects to your water spigot. If water leaks at this connection simply replace your hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench. Irrigated lawns also require a lot more water in comparison to other types of vegetation, so limit the size of your lawn by replacing grass with water efficient garden beds of perennials. Be sure to check our gardening video for more helpful tips. By the amount of water used outside in your yard you’re saving money. Use water wisely, be water smart!