Catch and save water from household chores to use in the garden. Keep empty 5-gallon buckets on hand to hold the catch from a dehumidifier. Use plastic milk jugs to save cold water that typically runs down the drain while you wait for hot.
Dry winter air causes houseplants to dry out quickly. At the very least, check plants weekly to assess soil moisture. Sticking a finger onto—or even into—soil is an easy way to determine if plants need a drink. With small plants, lifting the pot is another good way to figure out how moist soil is. Dry soil is light; wet soil is heavier. Soil color also changes as moisture evaporates. Wet soil is dark; dry soil is lighter in color.
Trees that you plant in fall need consistent watering as they enter their first winter. If winter brings frozen soil without snow, give your tree a drink during any times of above-freezing temperatures. One hose-less way to ferry water to a tree is with a water bag in a cart.
The first thing you need to do when disconnecting a pipe is to shut off the water to the house. Water is constantly flowing from the municipal pipe at the street to your house; stopping that flow of water will keep things dry while you work on your plumbing project. Locate the metal plate that covers your water meter at the street edge of your property. Lift it up, and you’ll see the meter and the shut-off valve. The shut-off valve is turned with a specific tool called a key. Street key, box key, slot key or meter key: They’re all the same tool if they have a metal groove that fits over the knob on the meter. Use your key to shut off the water at the street.
Located in Great Guana Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas, the homeowners of this sprawling beachfront home quickly discovered that though they were surrounded by water, they had very little to sustain a lush lawn. Secondly, the salt water killed the grass they had. So, they decided to fake it!
Cool Wave Spreading pansies strut their stuff beautifully in hanging baskets, where stems cascade 18 to 24 inches. Water is one secret to success with fall-planted pansies. Water well at planting time, and be sure to water plants thoroughly before cold snaps. If cold is strong enough to freeze soil around pansy rootballs, roots cannot absorb water until soil thaws.
As summer wears on and container gardens grow large, watering can occupy large chunks of time.
Easy Solution: Enhance soil’s ability to retain water by mixing in water crystals. These small crystals blend into soil and absorb water, turning into a jelly-type material that’s packed with water for plant roots to absorb. Follow package directions for application rates by pot size.