Autumn lawn care for a water-wise spring

(NC) With months of gardening comes months of water use. During summer, in fact, municipal water requirements usually double.

It doesn’t take a green thumb to save water, however. Take a look at a few things you can do now, in the autumn, to lower your costs and to protect this natural resource:

• Plant and fertilize into the fall. Cool-season grasses like fescue, rye, and bluegrass flourish in the later months, and will help to thicken up your lawn early in the springtime, reducing the amount of watering necessary as your lawn comes back to life.

• Replace struggling plants with hardier, drought-tolerant species. These substitutions will reduce your watering needs, especially during times of water scarcity.

• Consider the efficiency of your automatic irrigation system. Does the layout of the system avoid wastefully watering paved surfaces? Can you set up your system to run once or twice a week instead of every other day?

The RBC Blue Water Project is a global commitment to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations. More urban water conservation tips can be found at

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