Outdoor Water Conservation – Part 1

You can have a healthy landscape and conserve water.  Plant the right plant in the right place, design and maintain your landscape for efficient water use!  Conserve water and save money when you become WaterSmart!*

Fertilize Less

  • Fertilize less during droughts
  • Use a fertilizer with nitrogen in a slow-release form, such as sulfur-coated urea, urea formaldehyde, IBDU (isobutylene-diurea) or methylene urea
  • Check the application rate on the label – this rate is ideal when planting but should be reduced once plants are established
  • Employ “grass cycling” – leave grass clippings on turfgrass at each mowing to supply the grass with recycled nutrients. However, be sure to break up or get rid of clumps.

*WaterSmart is a water conservation education program initiated by the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA). Its mission is to educate about the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation so that all residents can help make a difference and be WaterSmart!