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

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

  3. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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