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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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