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

  2. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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