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

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

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

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

  5. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.

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

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