Water-wise tip: Adjust sprinklers so they water landscape, not sidewalk

Published: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am

This is part of a new weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

•  Don’t water the sidewalk.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but almost every neighborhood has an example of wet concrete where the sprinklers hit – instead of the landscape.

Adjust sprinklers to avoid that overspray and runoff. Overspray is water from sprinklers that lands outside the planted area. Runoff may come from overspray or oversaturating the landscape.

Solving those two issues can save 40 gallons or more every time you turn on the sprinklers. If you irrigate your landscape twice a week, that adds up to 4,160 gallons a year in water savings.

For more tips, click on Bewatersmart.info.

– Debbie Arrington

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