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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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