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It's on the tip of everyone's tongue: water. The past years have been hot and dry, and this year looks to be no different.
The City of Fort Collins has imposed water restrictions beginning April 1, but you can still have a lush green lawn, beautiful flowers and a vegetable garden. It's an opportunity to learn how to conserve and water correctly. Overwatering is a common problem anyway, causing roots to be weak and shallow. Visit fcgov.com to learn more about restrictions. Evaluate your hoses, faucets, sprinklers and hose-end sprayers. If they leak, it's time to upgrade or make repairs.
If you water with a hose, turn the water pressure down to a trickle, set it on the plant and let the water soak into the soil, rather than puddling on the surface. Spend the money to amend your soil with compost and start making your own compost! Compost is not a marketing gimick. It's the only way to improve soil, and healthy soil holds more water. Always check the soil for moisture before you water. Make a small hole and get your hands dirty. Perfect your rain dance. Whether it helps or not, it's fun!