Is your water productive?
Put water on the nightshift. Water between dusk and dawn.
Putting water to work during the coolest part of the day prevents evaporation. A good rule of thumb is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Check with your water utility for specific watering restrictions in your area.
Is your water working efficiently?
Put water where it's needed.
Don't let water waste time, effort and money! It should sprinkle your lawn or garden, not pavement.
Is your water working effectively?
Leave grass 2-3 inches tall (5-8cm).
Don't mow. Let it grow! Water stays longer when grass is longer. Leaving your grass longer slows evaporation from the soil... making it work more effectively!
Leave grass clippings as mulch.
Leaving grass clippings on your lawn helps feed the lawn and retain moisture, requiring less water and reducing evaporation.
Aerate your lawn and top dress with compost.
Aerating the lawn in early spring or fall improves water penetration. Water also works best with organic products like compost which minimize over-fertilizing and help prevent stormwater pollution.
Does your water work well with others?
Pair water with plants suitable to our dry climate.
Okanagan water works best when paired with plants suitable to our dry climate: drought-tolerant turf, and native low-water variety plants.
Visit the Okanagan Xeriscape Association's Plant Database for an extensive listing of WaterWise plants for the Okanagan.
Does your water simply stand around?
One inch a week will do.
Most lawns need just 2.5cm (one inch) of water per week — about the depth of a tuna can.
Watering deeply and less often promotes deep, healthy root growth. If you're watering deeply but not seeing results the problem may be inadequate topsoil. Try top dressing with half an inch of compost, then over-seeding for a thick and vigorous lawn.
Check sprinkler heads.
Notice brown spots? Water needs supervising. Sometimes sprinkler heads break, or plants grow around the sprinkler head, preventing effective water use. Check sprinkler heads and make necessary fixes to ensure they're working right.
Install water-saving irrigation products.
Save money on your water bill by using high efficiency irrigation, like drip or microjet, for shrubs and gardens.
Collect and use rainwater. It's free!
Rainbarrels collect fresh, naturally soft and chemical-free water that is great for container plants, flower beds, and food gardens.
Find other rainwater catchment ideas in our Slow it. Spread it. Sink it! Guide for Okanagan Residents.