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Water Wisely: Start in your own backyard

Even in our land of 10,000 lakes, fresh clean water is a limited resource that should be conserved. Much of our treated drinking water is also used for landscape irrigation, so it pays to reduce water use and protect our supply by being wise about landscape watering practices at home.

Although all plants need water to be healthy and grow, some—like lawns—actually need less water than we think, while others—like trees—need more. Knowing the what, when, where and how of watering in your garden or landscape is key to growing healthy plants and conserving our precious water supply.

Tips for maintaining healthy garden beds

What to water:

When to water:

How and where to water:

Conserve water:

Tips for maintaining healthy shrubs and trees

Tips for maintaining a healthy lawn

Additional resources

Ask a Master Gardener Volunteer
Yard and Garden Information
What’s Wrong with My Plant?
Plant Elements of Design plant selection program

For more information:

About gardens, contact Julie Weisenhorn
About shrubs and trees, contact Kathy Zuzek
About lawns, contact Sam Bauer

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