Water Wise Tips for Watering Lawns and Gardens
Tuesday June 7, 2011
The official start of summer is June 21, but the heat and humidity feels like summer is already here. As the temperature rises, Louisville Water reminds customers to use water wisely and efficiently during the summer months.
- Mow your lawn to the correct height: at least two inches for cool season grasses (those that stay green all year) or about one inch for warm season grasses (those that turn brown in the winter).
- Water early in the day – the earlier the better to minimize evaporation and prevent lawn disease.
- Deep soak your lawn. Most lawns need one inch of water each week. If it’s really hot, try watering more frequently. It’s better to deep soak rather than watering lightly.
- Place a shallow bowl, about one-inch deep, on the lawn while watering. When the bowl is full, you know you’ve watered with the right amount.
- Check hose connections for leaks. A small leak can waste hundreds of gallons a day.
- Remember to water container plants and those with shallow roots more frequently.
- Control where your water goes! Place sprinklers so water doesn’t hit pavement and avoid watering on windy days.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow evaporation of moisture.
If you’re interested in an irrigation service for your watering needs, Louisville Water Company offers a retrofit irrigation meter for those with existing service. Customers are not billed sewer charges for water used from the irrigation service. Contact us at (502) 583-6610 to see if a retrofit irrigation meter will work for you.