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Tips for watering wisely

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Bloomington Briefing Published August 4, 2021
Updated on August 30, 2021

Conserving water is important for everyone. Bloomington water is just too good to waste. Yet, it’s not uncommon to see this precious resource misused on irrigation systems running while it rains or sprinklers spraying on sidewalks and streets.

Here’s a checklist to make sure you’re watering responsibly.

  • Timing: You can lose 50% of irrigation water by watering during the hottest part of the day. Water your lawn and gardens early in the morning and avoid irrigation from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Also, water only when needed and not on rainy days.
  • Mowing: Set your lawn mower at three inches. Your lawn will grow a deeper root system and will be less dependent on irrigation. Keep the mower blade sharp to reduce stress on the grass and moisture loss. Use a mulching blade to create free fertilizer and organic matter for the soil.
  • Planting: Instead of just grass, consider adding more garden beds, trees and shrubs. These plants require less water and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. 

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