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

  2. Set a kitchen timer when using the hose as a reminder to turn it off. A running hose…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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