- If you must water your lawn and garden, water in the morning or at night to prevent evaporation. One inch of water a week is better than several short showers.
- Plant native plants in your garden - they need a lot less water and maintenance than introduced species.
- Grow ground cover or use mulch in your garden to cut down on water use (it also helps control weeds).
- Spend an evening outdoors weeding your lawn by hand early in the season.
- Put a barrel under your eavestrough downspout to catch water when it rains. You can use this to water indoor plants, your garden and wash your car.
Reference and Resources
- Most of the tips in this guide are published on Green Peace Green Guide
- MSU Cares
- National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: organic farming, sustainable ag, publications, newsletters