Tips for Watering your Garden

Watering at certain times of the day and with different types of instruments can help you water more efficiently and save money.


Lawn Watering Tips

      • Reduce lawn watering
        • Most homeowners water their lawns too much. Reduce your total watering by as much as 50% - 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.
      • Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation
        • Water between the hours of 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.
        • This will cut evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.
      • Adjust timers on automatic sprinklers
        • Most sprinklers are programmed to water too often. Set your timer to water less frequently, but longer for a deep watering.
        • This encourages deeper root growth which means stronger, healthier grass
        • 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 
      • Adjust watering as weather changes
        • Turn off automatic sprinklers during rainy periods
        • Use a rain guage to know how much water your lawn gets each week and adjust sprinklers for supplemental watering if needed
        • Adjust timing and frequency of sprinklers seasonally - lawns need less water in cool seasons

Watering Tips for the Garden

      • Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation – same as your lawn!
        • Water between the hours of 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.
        • This will reduce water lost to evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.
        • Avoid watering at night which encourages fungus
      • 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.
      • Add mulch to your garden
        • Mulch helps insulate the ground and conserves water so you have to water less frequently
      • 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.
        • Aim the trigger at the base of the plant and water the soil, not the foliage (overhead watering can cause fungus)
      • Give potted plants a little extra help
        • In hot, dry seaons potted plants can dry out quickly - they may even need daily waterings
        • Use a water globe to help keep soil consistely watered
        • Add water-absorbing granules in with potting soil to hold water and release it slowly as needed
        • Use these products with houseplants, too, to keep indoor planted hydrated when away on vacation