SubscribeX Close StateALAKASAZARAAAEAPCACOCTDEDCFLGAGUHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDMPOHOKORPWPARISCSDTNTXVIUTVTVAWAWVWIWY Your Privacy Rights Canadian Customers SubscribeX Close StateALAKASAZARAAAEAPCACOCTDEDCFLGAGUHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDMPOHOKORPWPARISCSDTNTXVIUTVTVAWAWVWIWY Your Privacy Rights Canadian Customers Water is vital to the life of your garden and yard, yet gardeners often waste this precious resource. Whether your area is suffering from a drought or not, follow these guidelines to cut down on water usage:1. Deep WateringAdvertisementAdvertisementFree Newsletter You may unsubscribe at any time.Your Privacy Rights | About Us Water deeply, making sure to soak the root zone rather than the whole yard.Read More: How long should you leave the hose on?Photo: (cc) Beth Harper/Flickr2. Native Plants When landscaping, choose native plants that require little or no water beyond what nature provides.Photo: Christa NeuMore: Native Plants for Vour Region 3. GroundcoverPlant groundcovers and shade trees to help keep your yard cool.Photo: Rob Cardillo4. MulchMulch your garden regularly to lock in soil moisture.Extra: The Best Mulch MaterialPhoto: Rob Cardillo 5. Drip IrrigationUse watering methods such as drip irrigation or soaker hoses to reduce evaporation by directing water to plant roots.Extra: Beginner's Guide to Drip IrrigationPhoto: Christa Neu 6. Intensive Planting Closely space plants in your raised vegetable garden, so there is less area to water (make sure to provide enough room for root development).Photo: Christa Neu 7. Xeriscape Follow the principles of xeriscaping, a water-saving garden design method used by many gardeners in more arid climates.Photo: (cc) Aka Hige/Flickr8. Build a DeckLimit the size of your lawn by adding a deck, patio, or walkway, which also adds backyard enjoyment.Photo: Rodale 9. Rain BarrelConnect a rain barrel to a gutter on your home to create a ready source of water for your plants.Extra: Recommended Rain BarrelsPhoto: (cc) Arlington County/Flickr10. Recycle, Recycle, RecycleRecycle household water from drinking glasses and steaming or cooking vegetables and pasta to water plants. Keep Reading:Smart techniques to conserve water without leaving your garden thirsty.Photo: Punchstock Tags: wateringorganic gardening Next Up From Rodale's Organic Life almanac Gardener’s December To-Do List By ROL StaffEverything that needs to be done in the dirt this month, wherever you live. my organic life Real Or Fake: Which Christmas Tree Is More Eco-Friendly? By Emily MainWe weigh the pros and cons to help you decide. indoor plants 9 Houseplants That Could Kill Your Pets By Jean NickKeep cats and dogs away from these attractive dangers. Comments Show commentsView the discussion thread.Your Privacy Rights. | About Us.Copyright © 2015 Rodale Inc.