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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.