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

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

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

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

  5. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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