Up to 60% of all water use in the summer is outdoors on landscaping. However, one of the most common problems with landscaping is over watering! By using the water conservation techniques outlined on this page, you might be surprised by a better looking yard and lower water bills. You will also be helping the community by ensuring the availability of water during peak pumping periods. Most importantly, you are saving water for future generations.
Do I need to water?
- Watering thoroughly, but infrequently, develops a deep root system so plants can use moisture and nutrients deep in the ground
- Water according to moisture in the soil; not a fixed schedule
- Lawns are dry when footprints remain in the grass long after being made
How much should I water?
- Lawns need only one inch of water per week; approximately three times a week for 20 minutes
- Use a tuna can or a rain gauge to accurately measure the amount of water your irrigation system delivers
- Set a timer as a reminder to turn off the sprinkler
- Water in the early morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., avoiding windy conditions
Other easy ways to conserve water outdoors
- Don't irrigate the pavement; choose and adjust sprinklers to fit the lawn area
- Mulch to retain moisture and prevent water-robbing weeds
- Mow grass to a height of 2 1/2" with a sharp blade
- Never use a hose to rinse off pavement; sweep leaves and grass clippings
- Protect your water supply; make sure irrigation systems have back flow preventers
- Try Xeriscaping: plant for water efficiency
Free energy audits
for all customers. Sign up now
, or call 874-7325