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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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