When it gets hot and dry out, many know the struggle of keeping plants healthy and watered. However, not everyone knows the best strategies and techniques to keep their yards watered using as little water as possible. As of March 2016, Reading has entered Stage 1 of its restrictions on outdoor water use. Failing to follow these simple rules can lead up to a $300.00 fine. Every day, Monday through Sunday, outdoor water can be used from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Even numbered houses can use outdoor water on even numbered days, and odd numbered houses are for odd numbered days. None of these restrictions apply to a handheld device.
Try to water early in the morning or late at night when the sun is less intense to reduce water evaporation. Plants only need water between 4-6 inches down into the soil when promoting deep root growth, otherwise go a little lighter on the water. Keeping the grass and foliage cut at a height of three to three and a half inches will shade the ground enough to further prevent water evaporation. Saving water is both good for the environment and good for your wallet, so be sure to check out Reading’s official water conservation page for more tips and tricks.