(NC)-For many Canadians, manicuring the lawn and maintaining a beautiful garden continue to be a favourite hobby. While the desire for a beautiful yard continues to grow, Canadians are becoming more conscientious about water conservation. To help gardeners achieve a lush environment while conserving water, the lawn and garden team at Canadian Tire has put together some helpful tips.
Timing is everything
-  Water your plants early morning or late afternoon
after the sun sets to prevent water from evaporating and to
maximize moisture. Water can also act like a magnifying glass
and burn your lawn, so waiting until later in the day will
ensure you prevent this from happening.
-  While weather conditions may vary throughout the
summer, the general rule of thumb is to water every four to
seven days for between one and three hours, saturating the
ground to a depth of six inches. Be careful not to over-water
the lawn as it's just as harmful as under-watering.
- Using an outdoor timer, like the two-zone timer, enables
you to program watering tools to run at any frequency and for
any duration of time, ensuring you don't over-water.
Watering to the root
-  Consider the area that requires watering and choose
the appropriate tool. For example, to help provide nourishment
to trees, select a tree-base soaking hose that directs water to
the base of the tree or to water flowerbeds, choose a direct
drip watering system that focuses water flow on the desired
-  Sure to be a hit this spring, micro-irrigation
systems are inexpensive and easy to set up. They come with
tubing, hardware and multiple spray heads to enable gardeners
to create a customized watering system. Focusing water directly
on the root, micro-irrigation systems help conserve water
consumption while effectively providing nourishment to your
garden and shrubs.
-  To maintain a beautiful lawn without depleting water supplies, choose a tool like the self-propelled travelling sprinkler that automatically pulls itself along a customized track, enabling the water to reach all areas of the yard equally and efficiently.