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

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

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

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

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

  6. Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.

  7. Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is…

  8. Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.

  9. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  10. When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your…

  11. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons…

  12. For more immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes.

  13. Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps…

  14. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…

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

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