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Evan Wooley: Use Less Water This Summer

With the warmer months fast approaching, it’s time to prepare your yard for the upcoming seasons. By making some simple changes, you can enjoy a beautiful yard that’s green in more ways than one! 

Here are some helpful tips to make your YardSmart:

Choose water-wise plants. They need less watering, which means conserving our resources and savings on your water bill. Plants native to our region are a wise choice because they thrive in our unique climate. 

Add pollinator-friendly plants. Our flowering plants and crops rely on pollinators, such as bees. Invite these powerhouses into your yard by planting a variety of white, yellow, blue and purple native flowers that bloom in all seasons. We recommend avoiding pesticides because they can’t discriminate between pests and beneficial insects. Remember, dandelions are not a noxious weed, and are a source of pollen and nectar for bees. For more information on pollinators check out and click on the bee!

Keep your grass 3 inches long. Leaving your grass longer helps develops a deeper root system, keeping the roots cool in the heat and dry weather. Spreading mulch, such as bark or wood chips, also is a healthy choice to reduce evaporation and slow weed growth.

Simple changes can make a big difference! 

More information about creating a YardSmart yard can be found at

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