1. Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons…

  2. If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.

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

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

  5. Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.

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

  7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

  8. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water…

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

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

  11. Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

  12. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

  13. Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.

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

  15. If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one…

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