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

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

  3. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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