During the hot, dry days of summer you may feel the urge to pull out the garden hose and water everything in sight.  Perhaps you have an in-ground sprinkler system that does the job for you, often running on a timer, watering whether irrigation is needed or not.  According to the EPA, one-third of all residential water is used to irrigate our landscapes.  Half of that water is wasted due to evaporation, misdirected watering and over-watering.

With more extreme weather events resulting from climate change, you can expect more frequent and longer periods of drought.  We all need to start thinking differently about watering, regardless of where we live.

How can you use water responsibly and efficiently in the garden?   The first step is to recognize that water is a valuable (and expensive) resource that we often take for granted, especially in the Eastern

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