Smart Watering Tips
Most homeowners overwater their lawn and garden. By watering correctly, you’ll use less water and have a beautiful, healthy lawn and garden.
Waterwise Tip #1: Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation
- Water between the hours of 4am and 8am.
- This will cut evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.
Waterwise Tip #2: Switch from overhead sprinklers to soaker hoses
- Soaker hoses conserve water by dripping water right to the roots of the plant.
- Snake the soaker hose throughout the garden placing it about a foot away from the base of shrubs.
Waterwise Tip #3: Adjust timers on automatic sprinklers
- Most sprinklers are programmed to water too often. Set your timer to water longer for a deep watering
- You want to water until right before you start to see run off
- If plants show signs of stress such as wilting or yellowing add another watering to your schedule
Waterwise Tip #4: Use water wands with a trigger
- When watering container gardens, hanging baskets or other small areas use a water wand with a trigger.
- Allows you to water only the plants and not the pavement or ground between plants.
- Make sure to water each plant thoroughly so water penetrates to the root system.
Waterwise Tip #5: Reduce lawn watering
- Most homeowners water their lawns too much. Reduce your total watering by as much as 50% - your lawn will be healthier and just as lush and green.
- This may mean skipping one lawn watering each week.
- Never restart the entire automatic watering cycle to water a dry patch - select the appropriate station and run manually.
Waterwise Tip #6: Mulch to conserve soil moisture
- Using mulch in your garden reduces weed germination, retains moisture and reduces the need for watering.
- There are a variety of mulches to fit the look you’d like
- Cedar Mulch
- Colored Mulch
- Pine Bark
Waterwise Tip #7: Adjust watering seasonally
- Adjust the time and frequency of automatic sprinklers seasonally.
- Turn automatic sprinkler system off during rainy periods.
Plant Type Time to Water Small Shrubs
(4 feet or less in height)
One minute/5 gallons Large Shrubs
(4 feet or taller)
Increase watering time by 15 seconds for each foot of height Trees Apply 2 gallons for every inch of trunk diameter (measure 4.5 feet above the ground) Flowers 5 Gallons of water per 10 square feet/1 minute at medium pressure
Check with your city for specific watering guidelines and rebate programs.