1. Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

  2. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

  3. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

  4. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better…

  5. Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.

  6. Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate…

  7. Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three…

  8. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.

  9. Read the Landscape Watering by the Numbers guidebook to help you determine how long and how much to water.

  10. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house,…

  11. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.

  12. Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.

  13. Timing is everything when it comes to irrigation. Learn how to set your controller properly.

  14. Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  15. Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.

  16. Set a kitchen timer when using the hose as a reminder to turn it off. A running hose…