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10 Tips To Help Your House Look Great During Water Restrictions

Water restrictions in Metro Vancouver are going into effect early this year.

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With dozens of new temperatures records set in Metro Vancouver recently, watering restrictions are going into force early.

Around Metro Vancouver, Stage 1 watering restrictions are going into effect on May 15, two weeks ahead of normal.

Here are a few tips to help your lawn and garden make it through the summer:

•Water when it’s coolest — in the morning or evening, though mornings are best.

•Check faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

•Raise your lawnmower cutting height. A taller lawn holds moisture better.

•Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered, not sidewalks, driveways or streets.

•Apply fertilizer — a well-nourished lawn can better handle drought stress.

•Avoid watering until you can see your footprints in the grass.

•Use mulch in planting beds to minimize evaporation and control weeds.

•Water plants deeply but less frequently, and use watering cans when possible.

•Choose plants suited to your area.

•Use rain barrels or buckets to capture water from your downspouts.