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

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

  3. Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.

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

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

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

  7. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

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

  9. When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to…

  10. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

  11. Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the…

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

  13. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.

  14. Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is…

  15. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

  16. Install a thermostat and timer on your evaporative cooler so it only operates when necessary.