Cold Weather Landscaping Tips

36762228_sWith the chaos of the back-to-school season settling down and the temperature fluctuating from day to day, it is a clear sign that fall is just around the corner. During the fall season many families begin to retreat inside for their family time, and outdoor fun in the sun activities are left until next summer.

It might seem like the fall season is a time to let your guard down with regards to water-conservation. In fact, the fall season is a very important time of year to adjust your water-saving behaviors from those that you had during the summer months. Because there is more moisture and less heat during the fall, you should be able to use less water inside and outside of your home.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • We all know that during the fall season storms bring heavy rains and strong winds. After the storm passes, you are often left with a mess of wet and soggy debris, leaves, and dirt on your driveway, walkways, and patio. But, this is not the time to grab the garden hose for a mock pressure wash. Use a broom or leaf blower instead.
  • During the summer months, it is especially important to be thoughtful about how often and how much you are watering your lawn and landscaping. With the weather being much hotter, the water that your sprinklers put out stands a chance of evaporating before it is able to do as much good as it can. Make sure your sprinkler system is set for fall and you turn it off when it rains.
  • If you still have outdoor garden hoses hooked up, this is the time to unhook them and stow them for the season. While the temperatures are not near freezing just yet, the weather this time of year can be a bit unpredictable and it doesn’t take much for standing water in a garden hose to freeze, leading to damage to your plumbing system.

The first day of fall is upon us and, while the cold weather may not settle in right away, it is not far off. Make sure to follow these tips to start good water-saving habits this fall.

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