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Water Wise Tips for Fall

By Lindsay Wochnick

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are starting to turn color, a sure sign that fall is on its way. Now is a great time to prepare your garden and irrigation systems for winter. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Compost your autumn leaves and other garden debris so you will have homemade mulch to add to your garden come spring.
  2. Add waterwise plants to your garden now so that they can use this fall's rainfall to start getting established. Get ideas from our Waterwise Plant Guide here.
  3. Remember to winterize your automatic sprinkler system and faucets. Taking time to winterize this fall will help to prevent broken pipes this winter and ensure that your system will function correctly when you set everything back up next spring.
  4. Give your lawn a little TLC. Fall is a great time to give your lawn a little pick me up for next spring and summer. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Sarah Santner
Water Efficiency

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