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

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

  3. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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