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 news EPA Bans New Toxic Weedkiller By Leah ZerbeThe "stacked" formula was designed to spray on GMO crops. gift guide What Gardeners Really Want For The Holidays By ROL StaffWrap up one of these sustainably-minded presents for the special grower in your life. animals Where Backyard Birds Go During Winter By Leah ZerbeFix up your yard to be hospitable to year-round avian visitors. Comments Show commentsView the discussion thread.Your Privacy Rights. | About Us.Copyright © 2015 Rodale Inc.