If you have gardens or landscaped beds around your home, you may find yourself watering more frequently now that summer is in full swing. Obviously water is a precious resource, but it also costs money.
If you use a soaker hose or drip irrigation outside, you can save up to 50 percent of water compared to using a traditional sprinkler. The slow, gentle soaking prevents run-off and gets water directly to the roots of your plants. This prevents evaporation along with watering early in the day.
And finally, make sure to add mulch and compost to your soil that will help retain water. Aim for at least 2-4 inches of depth. Just make sure to leave a little space around the plant stems and tree trunks! 1-2 inches of breathing room should be fine.