· Avoid over watering your lawn. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most grasses healthy.
· Water lawns early in the morning or in the evening during the hotter summer months. Avoid watering on windy days.
· Choose plants that are drought tolerant, heat tolerant, and tolerant of the minimum water temperatures.
· Use a broom, and not a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways.
· For plants that need more water, use a watering can or a hose on low pressure.
· Use lots of mulch around shrubs and trees to retain moisture, reduce run-off, moderate soil temperetures and help with weed control.
· Avoid over-fertilizing! Get a soil kit to determine what nutrients your soil needs. If you apply fertilizer only in the spring and fall, your grass will be healthy, use less water and need mowing less frequently.
• If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.