A story by The City of Red Deer
When Cathy and her spouse became homeowners 20 years ago, they became very aware of how everyday activities impacted the environment, and they were determined to minimize their environmental footprint.
Being a gardening enthusiast, Cathy focuses on water conservation while growing her favourite flowers and veggies. One of her favourite tools is a soil meter that indicates soil moisture levels.
“Often, the ground looks completely dry, but once I take a reading with the soil meter, I realize that there’s plenty of water in the soil and don’t need to add as much as I’d thought,” Cathy says.
Cathy also took advantage of The City of Red Deer Rain Barrel Rebate Program to purchase a rain barrel that feeds her garden with rain water instead of relying on tap water. And she always avoids watering during the hottest time of the day to prevent water loss through evaporation.