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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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