Outdoor Watering and Yard Care
When the seasons change, so should outdoor yard care. Devoting a little extra time to cleaning up your yard this fall will make all the difference next spring. You can maintain a healthy landscape without wasting water, which may reduce your water bill and save you money.
Follow these tips for fall yard care:
- Remove the leaves from your lawn. They block light, trap moisture and may kill the grass underneath. Add them to your compost pile or as mulch around trees.
- Fertilize lawns to improve root structure to better withstand summer heat.
- Put your garden to bed by cutting back, cleaning, planting and protecting.
- Plant trees and shrubs so their roots establish themselves over the winter.
- Slow down and winterize your irrigation to prevent overwatering in the colder months.
For more practical tips on maintaining healthy lawns, shrubs and gardens, see the following resources:
- Summer 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.
- Don’t overwater — To stay green, most lawns only need one inch of water per week. Or you can choose to “go golden” and water just once per month. Dormant lawns are still alive and will bounce back in the fall.
- 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
Clear sprinkler heads of debris.
Check for leaks and tighten or replace connections that drip (even small leaks can waste a lot of water).
Aim sprinkler heads toward only the areas you want to water.
Update your system’s watering schedule to align with the season.