Watering Wisely

Lawn Watering Tips

  • Always use a shut-off nozzle on your hose when washing vehicles or watering plants.
  • An average lawn needs only 1 inch of water once per week.
  • Install an automatic sprinkler timer on an outdoor faucet.
  • Plant with water-efficient landscaping and use mulch. Organic mulches, such as aged manure, compost, bark, or wood chips, cover and cool soil thus minimizing evaporation.
  • Reprogram automatic electronic controllers frequently to correspond with current weather conditions.
  • Sweep outside with a broom, not a hose. Five minutes of hosing uses up to 25 gallons of water.
  • Thatch and aerate your lawn for better water filtration.
  • Use more efficient sprinklers that provide large drops of water close to the ground.
  • Use mulch / compost for trees, plants, and shrubbery.
  • Use rain shutoff devices.
  • Use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system for flower and plant beds.
  • Water early. The earlier you water, the better.
  • Water longer but less frequently.