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Watering & Yard Care

Grass Needs One Inch Per Week In Summer

Tacoma Water Conservation
(253) 502-8723

Summer lawn care
During the summer, water demand in our service area increases by about 60%, mostly due to outdoor water use.

Many people use more water on their landscape than inside their home. 

The EPA estimates that up to 50% of irrigation water is wasted due to overwatering. 

Natural Yard Care

Dutch White Clover Turf

Check this out. We recently created a new display at the City of Tacoma's EnviroHouse to show different types of drought-tolerant turf seed available in Tacoma. Each seed type requires less water than traditional turf mixes and several are specifically mixed for our Pacific Northwest climate. There's a clover that's an especially fun alternative, and creates a steppable green groundcover for your yard. 

For more information, call the EnviroHouse at (253) 573-2426 or Tacoma Water's water program specialist Natalie Jones at (253) 502-8191. 

Cold weather tip: Moving into the colder weather, it's important to make sure you prepare your irrigation system for winter. Be sure to blow out your system so no water remains in the lines. This will reduce the risk of pipes and fixtures breaking if they freeze.

Build Healthy Soil & Use Mulch
Healthy soil lays the foundation for a healthy lawn and garden and is a key to long-term plant health. It also helps plants hold and use water more efficiently, which can reduce water use. Place mulch on the surface of your soil to reduce evaporation, limit weed growth and soil erosion and to reduce temperature changes in soil.

Download our Soil and Mulch Brochure.

Plant Right
Proper yard design and plant selection can significantly impact natural resources used in your yard and home. Planting right can also help you create a yard that is healthier for you, your family, your plants and the environment. Choosing the right plants for your site can make all the difference.

Download our Planning and Planting Brochure.

Water Smart
Being water-smart doesn’t mean you need a brown lawn. Watering smart actually leads to healthier, stronger plants while reducing water use. Most plants do best if the soil partially dries out between watering, so water deeply and infrequently. One inch per week is the rule of thumb for the amount of water grass needs in the middle of summer. 

Automatic irrigation systems can help make watering more efficient, but only when used correctly by checking watering amounts and schedules, seasonally adjusting watering times, and installing devices like a rain sensor, which prevents watering during rainfall. You can also install weather-based irrigation controllers that will adjust the runtimes according to the weather. 

Download our Watering Wisely Brochure.

Think Before Using Pesticides
Prevent problems with pests and protect health, the environment and drinking water by using less toxic controls if pests or weeds appear.

Download our Pest Management Brochure

Grow a Natural Lawn
Grow a healthy lawn using less water, fertilizer and herbicides. Learn about mowing, watering, fertilizing, de-thatching, aerating and managing lawn pests.

Download our Natural Lawn Care Brochure.  


Water from rain barrels and cisterns is not suitable for drinking, cooking or laundry, but you can use it on your lawn and garden. Capturing rainwater in rain barrels or cisterns makes great sense for home gardens. 

Learn about Collecting and Using Rainwater from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Capturing rainwater helps to alleviate overload on the storm water system and reduces the amount of potable water you use. Ultimately, this helps lower your utility bill.

You can see a rain barrel in action at the City of Tacoma’s EnviroHouse