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Getting a Handle on the Drought with Hand Watering
It has been a while since we’ve looked at the drought map and conditions continue to worsen. For a few months the drought held steady as snow melted and trickled down, but the melt ended in May. The water we got is the water we get until the next rainy season.
The biggest change in the last week is that the areas of “exceptional drought” (the darkest red) increased from ~25% of the state to ~33% in just one week. With months of summer before the next rainy season, it is no wonder that 89% of Californians view the drought as a crisis or major problem!
Sooo, if you’re looking for another easy way to do your part, help save water, and stop overwatering; here’s one more simple tip to get you started: water by hand. Households that water by hand tend to use 33% less water outdoors than those who use automatic irrigation systems. Hand watering also lets you give your plants just the amount of water they need so that you can better take advantage of plants with similar watering profiles. Finally, sprinklers spray in all directions and end up soaking leaves. Much of the water on the leaves is lost to evaporation before it ever drips down onto the soil. With hand watering, you can direct the water exactly where you want it to go, using only as much as is actually needed.
Be sure to equip your hose with an automatic shut off nozzle for convenience and control.
One final benefit of hand watering? It gets you out, active, and spending time with your plants!