Roosevelt Water Association           

Lawn & Garden Tips

  • Use native, water-wise plants. These plants require less water and less care.

  • Match plants to your yard conditions. Many plants die because they are planted in the wrong location.

  • Group plants according to water needs. This makes watering more efficient. Avoid locating drought-resistant plants near water hungry plants.

  • Plant in the spring or fall when watering requirements are lower.

  • Improve your soil by adding compost. Compost increases the ability of soil to hold water.

  • Apply surface mulch (organic matter) around plants. This reduces evaporation.

  • Water slowly and deeply.

  • Aerate our lawn annually if you have compacted soil. This allows water to get to the roots..

  • Do not cut the grass too short. During the growing season, a 2” to 3” height will create deeper roots and prevent burning from the sun.

  • Minimize the amount of lawn. Lawns require at least twice as much water as most plants.

  • Don’t water on windy days; you will waste more water on the street than you will put on you lawn.

  • Consider setting a timer as a reminder to avoid unexpectedly high water consumption this summer. A forgotten hose or lawn sprinkler is one of the worst water wasters.

  • Collect rainwater in a barrel and use it to water non-edible plants.

  • Back to Conservation Tips Page