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 longer for a deep watering.
        • If you get a rain turn your sprinkler off or adjust accordingly
        • 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 

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 cut evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.
      • 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 trap in water
      • 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.