Outdoor Watering and Yard Care

During the summer, water demand in our area increases by about 60%, mostly due to outdoor water use. Unfortunately, about half of this water is wasted due to overwatering. You can water less and save money while maintaining a beautiful, healthy landscape.

Follow these simple tips:

  • Water early in the day when less water gets lost to evaporation.Outdoor Watering and Yard Care
  • Don’t overwater — Most lawns only need 1 inch of water per week.
  • Plant appropriately for sun or shade (right plant; right place).
  • Group plants according to their water needs.
  • Use native plants adapted to our region’s climate.

Prep your irrigation system for the watering season

  1. Inspect
    Clear sprinkler heads of debris.
  2. Connect
    Check for leaks and tighten or replace connections that drip (even small leaks can waste a lot of water).
  3. Direct
    Aim sprinkler heads toward only the areas you want to water.
  4. Select
    Update your system’s watering schedule to align with the season.

For more practical tips on maintaining healthy lawns, shrubs and gardens, including how to properly install and use a sprinkler system, see the following resources: