14 Tips for Water


  • Know how to run your irrigation controller and change watering times
  • Adjust the watering times (in minutes) and frequency of watering (daily, twice a week, etc.) based on weather conditions
  • Change your settings to adjust for seasonal differences and reset the timer when needed.
  • Ask your contractor to install an inexpensive rain shut off device.
  • Have a certified irrigation auditor check for leaks, broken heads and other potential problems annually.
  • Ensure that your maintenance contractor is certified, licensed, insured, reputable and legally authorized to maintain irrigation systems in your area.
  • Run your irrigation system after the sun has gone down or early in the morning.
  • Do not water on windy days, as much more water is lost to evaporation than makes it down into the soil.
  • Ensure that your spray and sprinkler heads are properly adjusted to avoid watering pavements and other non-landscape areas.
  • Shady areas require 30% less water than sunny areas, adjust watering accordingly.
  • Use a drip irrigation system to water trees 
and shrubs where possible.
  • To eliminate runoff, set your clock to cycle 2-4 start times (no longer than 5 minutes each), 1 to 2 hours apart to allow water to soak into the soil. For example water               three times for 5 minutes, instead of 15 minutes all at once.
  • Develop a separate drip watering 
schedule for trees, shrubs and flower beds.
  • Aerate in the spring and fall to loosen soil 
and reduce runoff.