Synopsis: Make the most of every drop of water in your yard. This episode covers drought tolerant landscaping, using cisterns and rain barrels and Smart Watering techniques. Greg and Doug visit the Covington Water District's drought tolerant demonstration garden, the Cedar River Watershed Education Center to learn about the water cycle, and chat with King County Executive Ron Sims about reclaimed water.
Doug’s Design Tips
Choose drought-tolerant plants.
Group plants by their water needs.
Use mulch to reduce water use. Mulch helps retain moisture and build healthy soil. Healthy soil grows healthy plants and healthy plants survive drought better.
Greg's Tips & Tricks for Smart Watering
Measure how much water you use.
Measure how much water your lawn needs.
Then use a timer to avoid wasting water.
Simple Water Saving Tips at Home
Water your yard early in the morning or after sunset to lose less water to evaporation.
Turn off water when you brush your teeth or shave.
Install low-flow showerheads and toilets.>
Use a professional carwash over washing your car at home.