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Water-wise tip: Get a moisture meter

How do you know when to water? Check the soil. The easiest way to do that is with a moisture meter, a simple probe that immediately measures the available moisture at root level.

Get a free moisture meter from Apply Responsibly, a public awareness program aimed at environmentally smart use of pesticides.

“One of the hidden benefits of water conservation is that it not only saves water but helps reduce runoff that can carry home-use pesticides from lawns, gardens and driveways into urban rivers, streams and creeks,” said Ann Orth of Apply Responsibly. “The moisture meter serves as a useful tool and visible reminder of the link between water conservation and environmental stewardship.”

To get your free meter, take the online water-wise quiz at applyresponsibly.org. Pass the quiz and the meter is yours.

Debbie Arrington