Water Smart Tips for Your Lawn

Follow these simple tips to help conserve water at your home or business:

  1. Water in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

  2. Check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks periodically.

  3. Adjust your lawn mower up at least one notch. A taller lawn holds moisture better.

  4. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.

  5. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.

  6. Keep grass nourished with fertilizer so it is better able to recover drought stress.

  7. Keep weeds out of your green spaces. Weeds are notorious for stealing water from other plants, so if you’ll keep their population in check, you won’t have to water as often.

  8. Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions.

  9. Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop.

  10. Wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.

  11. Recognize signs of dry grass. Avoid watering until you can see footprints left in the lawn as you walk across it.

  12. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation system so it won’t run when it’s raining.

  13. Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.

  14. Use a licensed irrigator annually to check your sprinkler system for leaks and keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  15. Retro-fit your existing irrigation system with new water saving technology like bubblers, low-angle or other water conservation options.