Thanks to Scotts® EveryDrop™ for sponsoring this post. Living in California has its share of positives – great weather, lots of outdoor activities and a laid back lifestyle. But sometimes those positives come at a price. Lack of rain, along with other conditions, have produced a drought situation in California that has been going on for the past few years. One of the most visible ways that the drought has affected us is our lawn. What was once lush and green is now brown and dry thanks to lack of water. I don’t mind much because I am happy to be saving water. But what if there was a way to conserve water while still tending to your lawn? EveryDrop™, a new line from Scotts®, can help to conserve water by making the most of available water.
So, while my husband and I are doing what we can to battle the drought, our kids are getting involved too. Here are some Simple Ways Kids Can Be Drought Busters.
Simple Ways Kids Can Become Drought Busters
Even if there is not a drought where you are living, teaching kids to conserve water is never a bad thing. Just being mindful of water usage can make a big difference. Encourage kids not to keep the water running while they are brushing their teeth. Teach effective and quick hand washing techniques to minimize water usage.
Food coloring in toilet – This is an easy way to detect toilet leaks that kids can help with. After flushing the toilet wait for the water to rise again and the toilet to be ready to flush. Open up the toilet tank and have your child squeeze 4-5 drops of food coloring into the tank. Now you jsut replace the lid and wait 30 minutes to see if the water in the toilet bowl changes color. If it does, take steps to repair the leak.
Check outdoor sprinklers and hoses for leaks – If your kids are anything like mine, they love being outside in the yard. While they are out playing each day, have them check sprinklers and hoses or leaks and report back to you.
Reusing water for plants – We have lots of plants in our backyard. While we don’t have a green thumb, we do enjoy growing flowers and fruit. These plants can take lots of water, so when we can, we try to use recycled water on them. One simple way my kids do this is by keeping a bowl in the sink to collect runoff when they wash their fruit. We then bring this water outside to help our plants.
Sweep pathways rather than use a hose – If you have leaves and dirt in your driveway and pathways it can be tempting to use a hose to wash them away. Using a broom for this saves a ton of water. Children can use a kid sized broom and help with this task.
Hopefully these tips will help kids to get involved in the water conservation effort. Saving water is truly a family affair. My husband installed low flow toilets in the entire house. We put aerators in all our faucets and have low pressure shower heads. As I mentioned earlier, we are using Scotts®‘s new EveryDrop™ to help us use less water on our lawn.
When we bought our house in 2012, our lawn was lush and green. Regular watering helped it to look its best.
These days, our lawn looks very different because of drought restrictions. We can only water on two non-consecutive days per week and only during the hours of 6:00 PM- 9:00 AM.
A product like Scotts® EveryDrop™ is more important than ever. EveryDrop™ is a unique blend of wetting agents designed to move more water into the soil and help the soil absorb water better. It even works in dry and hard-to-wet soil. Wasteful runoff and pooling are reduced while water this is available goes a longer way. You can see why using it during a drought is essential for us. Consumers who use EveryDrop™ can use up to 25% less water on their lawns and landscapes. For additional details and a demonstration of how the products work please visit: www.scottsmiraclegro.com/california. We will keep using EveryDrop™ and hoping for a very wet Fall and Winter.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.
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