1. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

  4. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

  5. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

  6. For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants…

  7. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or…