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

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

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

  4. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.

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

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

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

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

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