Be Water Wise!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Center

If you are experiencing drought-like conditions in your area, as we are in Waukesha, WI, chances are you are ready for a cool drink! But, so are your plants. I read an article recently in Better Homes and Gardens, that explained when nature stops providing regular rainfall, it's up to you to supplement. Give these timely watering tips a try:


1. Check containers daily. Do the finger test---if the top inch of the soil is dry, it's time to water. Small pots dry out faster than big ones. Pots set in the shade stay moist longer than those in full sun of course.


2. Baby Newbies. First-season plants need more frequent watering than established ones. Water new beds two or three times per week, saturating the soil to a depth of 6 to 12 inches to promote deep root systems.


3. Conserve H20. Running a sprinkler in the cooler hours of early morning reduces evaporation loss. Where practical, set up a drip irrigation system or a soaker hose to minimize waste. I also use my ECO rain barrel system to water my plants and beds.


4. Apply mulch. Surround plants with 3 to 4 inches of shredded wood or compost. Mulch reduces evaporation and shades out water hogging weeds. I also love to use my composter and when ready, use the compost in my beds.



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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Kristin, thanks for the tips on ways to preserve one of most valued natural resources.

Jul 20, 2012 11:48 PM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Kristin, Thank you for the great tips. 

Jul 20, 2012 11:48 PM #9
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Thanks Fred, yes it is....have a good one!

Mark, that is good though..

Adrian, you bet!

Thanks Gita!

Jul 21, 2012 12:01 AM #10
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia


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Yes the rain barrel! We had 2 growing up. I did not love them since I was the one who had to schlep the water around. "Why can't we use the hose MOM?" was my daily plea....

Jul 21, 2012 12:40 AM #11
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Central Illinois, much the same as you're getting. Nothing for weeks, then a deluge of biblical proportions. Sad to see some plants just give up and never recover. August has to be better than July. Good luck.

Jul 21, 2012 12:43 AM #12
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Kristin - You are right we need to be water wise. Thanks for the great information about conserving water.

Jul 21, 2012 01:27 AM #13
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I have had to water the plants on my porch twice a day since it's been so hot and dry.

Jul 21, 2012 01:29 AM #14
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Steve, what memories huh?  An imprint for sure :-)

Thanks Scott...same to you!

John, you betcha!

Hey Roger, I know what you mean....

Jul 21, 2012 02:30 AM #15
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kristin,  This has been a year of very little water in our state.  Thanks for the great tips.

Jul 21, 2012 03:44 AM #16
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

YOu bet Will...same here!

Jul 21, 2012 05:09 AM #17
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Conserving as much as we can is the priority Kristin.  Irrigation is at dusk and the wee hours before sunup to keep evaporation at a minimum.  We've been under restriction for awhile.  Excellent tips, thank you!  

Jul 21, 2012 07:18 AM #18
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I'm with Rob, normally water shortage isn't a problem. But, then we get a call saying we are under orders to boil all our water until further notice.

Jul 21, 2012 07:19 AM #19
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Hi Kristin,

I learned about rain barrells a couple years ago from your blogs.  I have two connected and use them all the time.  I fill my pond, and water all my flowers and gardens.  Love that I am re-useing rain water and not paying for it.  I also have a composter. 

Jul 21, 2012 08:01 AM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Thanks Kevin....agreed!

Todd, bummer on that!

Cindy, love that!! I love my rainbarrel and my composter too..yeah us!

Jul 21, 2012 08:44 AM #21
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

We learned a long time ago that running a drip hose is far more efficient and better for the vegetables, especially, than "sprinkilng" them.  The slugs and other pests love wet leaves.  The plants prefer wet root systems to moisten themselves.

Jul 21, 2012 11:24 AM #22
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great post on conserving water, it's something that we need to think about and practice.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 21, 2012 12:59 PM #23
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

We've been using a drip system since they first hit the market years ago. My husband is a great advocate.

Jul 22, 2012 12:04 AM #24
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Ron, you are a smart man!

Lou, we sure do!

Toni, again, you are way ahead of the game :-)

Jul 22, 2012 12:42 AM #25
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA

Hello my friend these are wise tips especially with the heat we have been experiencing. Hope you are doing well.


Jul 22, 2012 06:33 AM #26
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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I sure am...hope the same for you Pat!

Jul 22, 2012 07:45 AM #27
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