WE are having one of the driest summers I can remember. That means water is going to become more precious and some of us really don’t want our lawns to burn up, so we will be using water to keep it as green as we can. I am not one who cares much one way or the other about rain. Rain in the summer in Florida has always just been a thing that happens every afternoon. But now I find myself hoping for a little rain.
During a season like this, it is important to save water wherever we can. One way is to make certain NOT to leave the water running in your sink or bathtub when you are cleaning your home. Fill up a dishpan or a bucket with warm water, then shut the faucet off until you need more clean water.
Water your plants early in the morning.
If your dishes aren’t really dirty, then use a lighter cycle to wash them. Better yet, don’t run the dishwasher until you have a full load.
Put your washer on a lower cycle as well. Unless you are trying to get a really muddy, grimy pile of clothes washed, using a gentler cycle with less water will do the job just as well, and it will probably be better for your clothing as well.
Do you have one of those fancy front load washer/dryer sets? Make certain you are using the right type of detergent for your machine. Using the wrong type of detergent will actually cause the washer to run longer.
Think about making a plan where you replace parts of your lawn and garden with native, drought tolerant plantings. DOint it all at once could be expensive, but building a plan, and taking it one step at a time could work well and be far less expensive. Less grass and more native plantings will cost less money over the long run.