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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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